Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Albanians and Bosniacs make Montenegro independent

Montenegro is definitively going to an independent state after the publication of preliminary results by the National Commission yesterday and where the pro-independence parties won slightly more than the threshold imposed by the European Union.

However, according to the yesterday’s data, the 55% threshold was passed by only 2000 votes, so was the number of Albanians that came all over from US to vote for the independence of
Montenegro, says Koha Ditore. A short analysis of the voters’ turnout would conclude that the majority of pro-independence votes were cast in the Albanian dominated town of Ulinjc and the Bosniac dominated town of Rozaja.

The voting was largely competitive in capital Podgorica and Niksic.

Kosovo-wide broadcasters covered extensively and commented on the results of the Referendum. Reportedly, the first results show that Referendum on Independence won the support of 55.5% of voters.

All K-wide broadcasters reported that Brussels institutions such as EU and NATO, as well as Council of Europe, welcomed the well organized referendum. Javier Solana was quoted as saying that Montenegro and Serbia should sit together and define their future relations as neighbors.

TVs also reported that Kosovo leaders welcomed the results of referendum in
Montenegro, but stated that the referendum does not affect the Kosovo processes towards the status resolution. PM Çeku was quoted as saying that he hopes Kosovo will celebrate its final status by the end of the year as well.

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