05 November 2008 Brussels – Montenegroâ€™s Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has given the NATO Secretary General the countryâ€™s application to join the allianceâ€™s Membership Action Plan.
Djukanovic hopes that NATO can positively respond to this evaluation by spring next year, at latest during the allianceâ€™s summit, which will be held in French-German border twin towns of Strasbourg and Kehl.
â€œThe NATO Secretary General promised that he and his associates will very seriously evaluate our initiative,â€ Djukanovic said after the meeting.
â€œHe also told us that NATO doesnâ€™t have â€˜enlargement fatigue,â€™â€ he added.
The Membership Action Plan is a NATO programme of advice, assistance and practical support tailored to the individual needs of countries wishing to join the alliance. Once a country applies it is up to allianceâ€™s member states to decide how to respond to the application.
Montenegrin officials are hopeful they will have positive response to this application.
According to Djukanovic, this is â€œa logical initiative of Montenegrin sideâ€, for further integration of the country.Â
â€œThe final response depends on the discussions within allies,â€ Djukanovic stressed.
â€œThere is no doubt that NATO wants new members and it sees Montenegro as its future member.â€
In September, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro were invited to join a group of countries seeking membership in the NATO alliance.