[Announcer] Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs Miodrag Vlahovic has announced that he will tell his collocutors in New York, where he is to take part in the session of the UN General Assembly, that the Montenegrin government's position is that Montenegro is not ready to postpone the resolution of its legal status as a state because of other open issues in the region. If Kosovo is a priority for [State Union Foreign Minister Vuk] Draskovic, which is a legitimate matter, our priority is Montenegro, Minister Vlahovic said in an interview with the BBC in London, in which he explained the reasons why two separate delegations are travelling to the UN General Assembly session.
[Vlahovic] Montenegro has no intention, it is not ready and will not be ready to be a hostage or victim of some other unresolved and open issues in the western Balkans. We are not ready, and will not be ready, to be held hostage by a union which is waiting for somebody else to resolve issues in the region and only after that should we qualify to resolve our own issues in a free, normal and democratic way.
Because of other open issues, because of more serious and greater risks in the region we have postponed it twice, we have displayed maximum persistence, the Montenegrin government and the ruling political structures have an absolute duty towards their citizens to finalize this process.
Source: Radio Montenegro, Podgorica, in Serbian 1330 gmt 12 Sep 05