Montenegro still without response to migrant requestAdriatic Journal 3 September 2018
At a press conference after the meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Montenegrin Prime Minister Duško Marković said that Montenegrin government has not yet responded to Italy’s request to accept migrants from Sicily. “The request by the Italian government is in the process, this week it will be on the agenda of the National Committee for Migration and the government will discuss committee’s positon at a later date,” announced Marković, the RSE reports. Migrants, mostly from Eritrea, were in the port of Catania because the Italian government did not allow them to disembark, while other EU countries did not agree to take over some migrants. The media then announced that Albania, Ireland and the Catholic Church in Italy agreed to accept this group of migrants while Rome did not receive a response from Montenegro.
Meeting at the border crossing Preševo-Tabanoc, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić discussed regional cooperation, the referendum and the issue of Kosovo. They also announced a joint border managing project. Zaev emphasised the need for regional leaders to unite around common strategic goals. Commenint on the Kosovo issue and recent ideas on territorial exchanges between Kosovo and Serbia, Zaev said that a solution must take into account the welfare of all Kosovo citizens. Vučić said that Serbs and Albanians must leave their hatred behind and find a way to normalize their relations.