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Montenegro: Prime Minister’s decision to remove Minister Leposavić divides the country

The European Commission (EC) is aware of the initiative of Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapi in to dismiss the Minister of Justice, Human and Minority Rights Vladimir Leposavic, in light of his comments on Srebrenica, said EC spokeswoman Ana Pisonero Hernandez for Pobjeda in Podgorica. .

She reiterated that the EU rejects and condemns any denial, relativization or misinterpretation of the Srebrenica genocide.

“Respect for human rights and the rule of law are fundamental values ​​of the EU and as such they are key elements of the EU accession process that determine the overall pace of Montenegro ‘s EU accession negotiations,” Pisonero said.

Yesterday, in an extraordinary public speech, Prime Minister Krivokapić said that he had started the procedure for Leposavic’s removal following his comments through which he relativized the Srebrenica genocide.

The dismissal procedure provides for a vote in the Assembly. A wing of the DF ruling majority, namely the SNP and Prava Crna Gora, announced they would not support Leposavic’s ouster, while Democrats said they would not support him either by relying on the Democratic Party of Socialists and without agreement with coalition partners. .

In several Montenegrin cities, citizens gathered to express support or disagreement with Prime Minister Krivokapić vend’s decision. Some citizens, mostly Serbs, demanded that Krivokapić withdraw his decision to dismiss him. Among them were those holding banners that openly denied the Srebrenica genocide. In Podgorica, dozens of citizens gathered in front of the Government building holding Serbian flags, singing songs about Kosovo and shouting that “there was no genocide” in Srebrenica. The crowd also insulted Assembly President Aleksa Bečić, saying he had “betrayed Kosovo”.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vuči said he was not surprised or pleased with all the moves of the new government in Montenegro, as he had hoped that relations with Podgorica would be at least slightly different.

“I am not surprised; I am not satisfied with all the moves of the new Montenegrin authorities. For them, it is more important that the State Department and Brussels get excited than Belgrade. “This is their choice, I will not interfere in their internal affairs,” Vucic said.

He added that Serbia will continue to help the Serbian people, associations and organizations in Montenegro.

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