Croatian President Stjepan Mesic welcomed his Slovenian and Montenegrin counterparts on the island of Brijuni on Saturday evening. Slovenia’s Janez Drnovsek expressed his happiness that the three countries could put their difficult past behind them and work together for prosperity in the region.
He said that the problems of the former Yugoslavia were now history and that what now mattered was that the new countries look to the future. After the turbulent break-up of Yugoslavia, Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence in the early nineties. Montenegro finally became its own state when it separated from Serbia earlier this year. The three leaders claimed to find the informal meeting very useful, particularly with regards to the European integration process.