Montenegro officials to discuss language problem again

Montenegro’s PM Igor Lukšić and opposition leaders will meet for a forth time in a bid to agree on the status of the Serbian language in the education system.

Lukšić suggested that the subject be entitled Montenegrin/native language and literature, explaining that it was as far as the government was willing to compromise.

The opposition wants the subject to be named Montenegrin, Serbian/native language and literature, since that would ensure an equal treatment of the Montenegrin and Serbian languages.

According to Montenegro’s Constitution, Montenegrin is the official language, while Serbian is defined as one of the languages that can be used officially. At the same time, the population census conducted earlier this year showed that of the country’s 625,266 citizens, 43.88 percent said they spoke Serbian, while 36.97 percent declared themselves as Montenegrin speakers.

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