Filip Vujanovic said in Washington on 2
February that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic wants to destabilize
Montenegro by fomenting social unrest in order to have an excuse for military
intervention. The prime minister stressed that his reform-oriented government
needs approximately $65 million in financial assistance to help shore up
monetary reform, import food supplies and other key products, secure investments,
and promote independent media. Vujanovic added that "if the monetary
and economic reforms do not succeed, faith in democracy will fade very
quickly. Support will rise for failed concepts from the past, such as neocommunism
and autocracy," Reuters reported. If the West invests in promoting
reforms in Montenegro, it will also be investing in preventing further
conflicts in the region, he concluded. PM
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