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Montenegro Prime Minister appeals for help

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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