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Republic of Montenegro

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and I have today written to our Montenegrin counterparts, formally recognising Montenegro as an independent sovereign state. This follows a legitimate, free and fair referendum, in which the Montenegrin people expressed a clear desire for an independent state.

I also made clear to Montenegro's Foreign Minister our desire to establish diplomatic relations with Montenegro, including by changing our office in Podgorica to an embassy as soon as practicable. The ambassador in Belgrade will be responsible for relations with Montenegro until a resident ambassador is appointed.

We look forward to working with the government of Montenegro and I take this opportunity to add my best wishes to those of the many British people who have warm feelings of friendship for the people of Montenegro and share their hopes for peace and prosperity in the future.