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Government Decides to Establish Diplomatic Relations with Montenegro


2006.06.28

The Government has decided to establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Montenegro. On 22 June 2006, the Seimas adopted a Resolution on the Recognition of the Republic of Montenegro.

On 21 May 2006, Montenegro held a referendum on its separation from Serbia and the restoration of independence. 86.5 per cent of the total registered voters took part in the referendum, of those 55.5 per cent favoured Montenegro’s independence. On 3 June 2006, the Parliament of Montenegro approved the results of the referendum stating that Montenegro leaves the union with Serbia and announces its independence. On 15 June 2006, Serbia recognized the sovereign and independent Republic of Montenegro.

Montenegro is located on the Adriatic Sea; it covers an area of 14 thousand square kilometres and has a population of 650 thousand with its capital Podgorica.

The ethnic composition of Montenegro’s population is as follows: Montenegrins 43 per cent, Serbs 32 per cent, Bosnians 11.7 per cent, Albanians 5 per cent and Croats 1 per cent. The main religions are Orthodox Christian and Muslim; the main languages are Serbian and Albanian. 


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