|Mr. Milo Djukanovic
President of Montenegro
Esteemed Mr. Djukanovic,
I congratulate you on the victory in the elections of 31 May. I also congratulate the people of Montenegro on their balanced approach and maturity, which they have demonstrated so clearly and so resolutely. In all genuinely democratic elections there is always the winning side and the losing side, but after the elections the new administration must govern on behalf of all the people. Likewise, it must act in the interest of the whole people regardless of party divisions and affiliations during the election campaign. I am convinced the new government of Montenegro will act this way because political opponents must not become personal enemies and a democratic opposition must always play a constructive role. The difference lies in the method, not in the aim since the welfare of the people is the aim of all citizens of Montenegro. I am sure that the new government's moves and also your own will be aimed at gathering together and unifying all patriotic and democratic forces of Montenegro and Serbia.
I wish the victorious coalition success in the implementation of the program of reforms, which will help Montenegro and Serbia regain their place in Europe and in the world. I also hope that the result of these elections will strengthen the links between Serbia and Montenegro, advance the democratic processes and lead to the establishment of the rule of law and respect for the political freedoms and human rights. If such action is taken, I am convinced that Montenegro and Serbia will manage to surmount the current difficulties.
As a Karadjordjevic and a Petrovic and heir of my ancestors, the kings of Serbia and Montenegro, I send my greetings to you and to all the citizens of Montenegro with the wish that, together and in harmony with brothers in Serbia and Republika Srpska, you embark on the task of rebuilding the country and effecting its rebirth.