With just two days to go until Montenegro’s independence referendum, both camps are frantically making sure everything is in order for the big day. Voters go to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to break up the union with Serbia.
In Podgorica, the Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic rallied the pro-independence camp. He said he was convinced that Montenegro would be independent by Monday. He added that its path towards European integration would be clearer as the pace would depend on solely on Montenegro.
On the Adriatic coast, Montenegro has a population of some 650,000. Landlocked Serbia has around 7.4 million people. Polls indicate the vote will be tight.
“I am for independence for Montenegro,” said one woman. “It is realistic and what should happen.”
“I think the outcome will be positive and we will become independent,” agreed another woman.
But one man said the union with Serbia should remain: “Serbia has corn and wheat which is all sent here. In Montenegro there are just rocks.”
The last vestige of Yugoslavia, the union has a federal presidency, defence and foreign ministers but the two republics are in charge of their own economies and have different currencies and laws.