Ljubljana, 10 January (STA) - Speaking to the press during his Tuesday
visit to Slovenia, Montenegro FM Miodrag Vlahovic said the referendum on
the future status of Montenegro would surely take place.
The terms of the referendum would be the result of an agreement among all
political forces in the state, he added.
According to Vlahovic, independence is favoured by all nationalities and
religious groups in Montenegro. This shows, he said, that the population
does not fear it would have to pay the terrible price other former
Yugoslav republics had to pay for independence.
Vlahovic confirmed that 16 January will see the beginning of talks between
the Montenegrin government and the opposition, which should determine the
details of the referendum probably to take place in April.
The minister also expressed his conviction that Montenegro's potential
independence would have absolutely no impact on the situation in Kosovo,
saying these were two separate issues.