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275 words - January 25, 2013 | © DiploNews, all rights reserved.
"Our bilateral relations should serve as an example of good neighborly cooperation," said Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic as he was meeting with Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolic, who was making his first official visit to Montenegro. The relations between Montenegro and Serbia have been on an upward trend in the past several years and the bilateral cooperation has grown dramatically particularly in the areas of transport, infrastructure, agriculture and tourism, an official statement underlined.
"The interest of both Serbia and Montenegro is to have the best possible relations and everything should be done to raise cooperation of the two friendly countries to the highest possible level", Montenegrin and Serbian Presidents, Filip Vujanovic and Mr Nikolic respectively, agreed on January 18.
However what boosted the bilateral relationship has been the two countries' mutual support on the long and laborious path towards EU membership. On January 22, the European Parliament (EP) foreign affairs committee (FAC) adopted progress reports on Serbia and Montenegro. Aside from Serbia's "fraught relations with newly independent Kosovo," the EP called "on the European Council to set a date for the start of accession negotiations as soon as possible."
Such a decision could be taken in the Spring according to the latest monitoring reports the European Commission will publish, Stefan Fule, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, said in an address on January 24. The same will happen as regards Montenegro. The FAC-adopted reports "paid tribute to the solid progress made," by Montenegro though more must be done to fight against corruption and organized crime as well as to protect freedom and rights.
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