Monday, May 22, 2006

New year projects? How about creating a new republic?

Hello you guys! I want to thank all of you for your kind comments. It's very pleasant to know that you find this blog interesting. I hope I can keep it that way for a long, long time; please keep posting your comments ;).
Well, it seems that Serbia and Montenegro won't be a single country anymore. Yesterday, a referendum took place in Montenegro just to consult whether the inhabitants wanted to keep forming a single country along with people from Serbia or not. The European Union requested a minimum support of 55% of voters to take any decision. According to non official sources, the support for the independence from Serbia was of 55.4%.
This means that, starting from January 1, 2007, a new country will be internationally recognized: The Republic of Montenegro, located in the western coast of the Balkans, and being the city of Podgorica its capital.
What international effects will this decision have? I think that this was the only missing step to achieve a complete split of the former Yugoslavia. Let's not forget that this former republic was composed by numerous ethnic groups, religions, movements and ideas; many of them have claimed their own lands, leading to the creation of several countries such as Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, among others. Also, frictions in the Balkans arised, especially during the wars in the area generated by racist measures adopted by Slobodan Milosevic during the 1990's.
But will the separation of Montenegro cause new frictions? I don't think so. Times have changed, and most of those former Yugoslavian countries are now active members of the European Union, so this will help to mantain the stability in the entire European continent. However, the authorities in Montenegro will have to face serious challenges to avoid their country stepping out from globalization, international cooperation, and international relevance. Good luck for the people from Montenegro, and congratulations for starting a new era!!!

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