The Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic and the leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) said on Wednesday that the opposition anti-Montenegro coalition, which "does not want any good" to his country, was formed in Belgrade.
„That goes without saying… That is not even hidden. Neither the opposition nor Belgrade, which tries to help it in all possible ways, hide that,“ Djukanovic told a pre-election gathering in the northeastern town of Rozaje, as quoted by his party’s statement.
Montenegro’s general elections are due on August 30.
Djukanovic added that the Montenegrins who Belgrade had influence over, were invited from „the high places“ to come to the country and lobby with their tribes’ members, relatives and friends for the disappearance of the state of Montenegro.
„Look at the media and political war waged against Montenegro… Look at all these caricatural auto-processions which are trying to pass that anti-Montenegro atmosphere on as many as possible people in the country,“ Djukanovic said, adding the DPS wouldn’t allow „that the dark ideology of the Middle Ages becomes a beacon for the future of Montenegrin society.“
He said the goal of the anti-Montenegro coalition was for the country to give up on itself and its European future and „stand under Belgrade and Moscow umbrella.“
„This time, they are supported by the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) with an idea it should rule Montenegro,“ Djukanovic said.Also on Wednesday, the Montenegrin police director Veselin Veljovic, said they had information about groups and individuals planning to provoke incidents and unrest on the election day, adding the instability and violation of the laws would be prevented.
In the meantime, Vladimir Bilčík, the head of the European Parliament (EP) delegation for Montenegro, told the Podgorica Pobjeda daily that the contemporary European democracies were founded on a clear distinction between political life and religious sphere.
He added that the state had to guarantee religious freedoms and that the religious institutions had to respect the democratic state’s institutions.