Montenegrin President Filip Vujanović says his country wants an agreement with Croatia and Serbia on the extradition of organized crime and corruption suspects.
“Our interest is to be allies to the end in the fight against organized crime and corruption, where state borders must not represent protection,” Vujanović told reporters in Cetinje, after a meeting with Croatian President Ivo Josipović.
Vujanović pointed out that the example of Croatia and Serbia should be followed, which recently signed one such agreement, because organized crime was “a common concern of all countries of the region.” He said that Montenegro was “a true partner in the fight against organized crime.”
Croatian President Ivo Josipović pointed out that it was important that the states of the region agreed that none of them should be a safe haven for criminals.
“The time when criminals cooperated better than states is over and the signing of the extradition agreement marks a turning point in the fight against organized crime in the region,” Josipović said.
In Cetinje, the presidents of Croatia and Montenegro discussed interstate relations, regional issues and European integration.
Josipović said that Montenegro and Croatia had no unresolved issues, stating that the issue of the border at the Prevlaka Peninsula has been “temporarily solved in a way” and that it will be solved permanently when the time comes for that.
The Croatian president stated that regional politics was important for everyone and that good relations in the region created prospects for economic development, while Vujanović stressed that Montenegro supported the policy of regional cooperation.
Josipović also met with Parliament Speaker Ranko Krivokapic and Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic. He will continue his visit to Montenegro on July 2 with a meeting with representatives of the ethnic Croat community in Kotor.