Montenegro’s National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić, held its second session today, in which the current security situation was comprehensively analyzed. It was concluded at the hearing that the situation is orderly, stable and peaceful.
Representatives of the intelligence and security sector briefed members of the National Security Council on security risk assessments in connection with publicly announced rallies. The Council concluded that intelligence and security institutions should intensify activities within their field of work, in public announced rallies.
“In the coming period, the Council will intensively monitor the risk assessments from the scope of work of the intelligence and security sector and on that basis will adopt guidelines and conclusions. “The Council sends a public appeal to all actors in the socio-political and media scene in Montenegro, to contribute to calming tensions, in the context of publicly announced rallies,” the Government said in a statement issued after the Council session.
The session was called a day after large demonstrations were held in Cetinje against the enthronement of Metropolitan Joanikije in that city. For several days, this topic has created tensions between supporters of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the unknown Montenegrin Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Joanikije was elected after the death of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and Litoral.
Joanikije’s enthronement as metropolitan is scheduled for September 4 in Cetinje, but the Montenegrin Patriotic Alliance Komitas (committee – Montenegrin nationalist) opposes it. Today, in a press release, they told Joanikije that “he will never be the Montenegrin metropolitan and Montenegrins will never recognize his jurisdiction over anything; the church of Serbia, which has “Serbianized” Montenegrins for 30 years, has done us so much harm that it can never correct it again! “
Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazović, Ministers of Interior and Defense Sergej Sekulović and Olivera Injac, Director of the National Security Agency Dejan Vukšić and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Security and Defense Milan Knežević from DF attended the Security Council session.