Montenegrins have given a mixed reaction to their country’s new status of independence from Serbia.
Most papers hailed the dawn of a new era while some lamented the break of the last remaining vestige of the former Yugoslavia. But on the streets of the capital, Podgorica, many feel it is time to look forward. “We can expect Montenegro to join the EU and other organisations now”, one man said.
However, many others believe the country has taken the wrong path because it is “poor and needs Serbia’s support. Yesterday, Montenegro’s parliament adopted last month’s referendum decision to end a partnership with Serbia dating from 1918.
Opposition members who objected to the dissolution of the union boycotted yesterday’s historic assembly session in protest. But their absence was hardly noticed by the pro-independence members led by Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic while outside parliament Montenegrins celebrated by letting off fireworks and singing the national anthem.