The United States (US) has expressed “concern over the sharpening of rhetoric” regarding the coronation of the Metropolitan of the Serbian Orthodox Church Joanikije in Cetinje and called on everyone in Montenegro to work to defuse tensions.
“We encourage the Montenegrin authorities and the Montenegrin and Lithuanian Metropolitan Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church to work closely at the coronation site of the newly elected Metropolitan Joanikije, and the safety of the citizens must be paramount,” said an unnamed state spokesman. departments.
He said in response to a VOA question whether the United States is concerned about stability in Montenegro in light of rising ethnic tensions ahead of Joanikije’s planned coronation in Cetinje and what the Montenegrin government should do to prevent escalation. further.
The State Department also assessed that Montenegro “has long been recognized as a diverse and tolerant country” and that all “citizens should do their part to respect this proud tradition”.
“We call on everyone, citizens, political and religious leaders, to work to defuse tensions,” said a State Department spokesman.
According to politicians, it has not yet been firmly decided that the ceremony be held in Cetinje. Milan Knežević, one of the DF leaders, said the decision would be made in late August or early September in the form of instructions and conclusions, which would be presented to Joanikije.
He assessed that the current security situation in Montenegro is very complex and that it will be further analyzed in the coming days, reports Tanjug.
“I hope that all legal conditions and security preconditions are created so that everything passes peacefully and that anyone who wants to protest will do so in accordance with the law, and anyone who wants to come to Cetinje will do so with a guarantee. that they will be safe, “Knežević said.