Friday, June 05, 2009

Montenegro Snuffs Kosova at Balkan Summit in Cetinje

June 04, 2009

PODGORICA -- A summit of Balkan leaders in Montenegro will include the presidents of Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Macedonia, Albania, and Bulgaria, but the president of Kosovo was not invited, RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports.

The regional meeting -- which opens today in the medieval town of Cetinje -- will focus on the cultural heritage of the Balkans.

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic will host the meeting, but no one in his cabinet would comment on the absence of Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu.

A Montenegrin official told RFE/RL that the lack of diplomatic relations between Kosovo and Montenegro is the reason why Sejdiu was not invited to the summit.

Montenegro, which became independent in 2006, recognized Kosovo as an independent country on October 9, 2008.


Kafir Harby said...

Kosovo is Serbia, what are you whining about?

Anonymous said...

Albanians don't whine ...

... instead, they reassess, reload, and reassert themselves in the most profound way imaginable!

Haven't you Serb sympathizers learned anything from your destructive history?

Anonymous said...

Montenegro is playing a dangerous game.

Their recognition of Kosova's sovereignty was obviously lip-service in efforts to lessen the hurdles for Euro-Atlantic integration/EU membership.

Unless Podgorica acts like a good neighbor with no hidden agenda (ie. Serbia), Kosova and Albania can quickly become thorns in their side.

The Albanian Diaspora is closely watching this behaviour with their respective congressional representatives on the alert.

Montenegro cannot afford to lose focus in its domestic policies, but recent activity is proving otherwise. Either they appease these tensions, along with the games played out against their minorities, or they risk escalation by means only understood in teh Balkans -- CONFLICT!

And trust me, Albanians are not those that shun away from a challenge.

~ Albert

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