Issues not resolved
by Peter Palmer
The Belgrade Agreement doesn’t resolve the relations between Serbia and Montenegro in the long term. Many details have been left out and still remain to be agreed, which could give rise to endless new disagreements and dissatisfactions. It’s not clear how the new entity will function. It would have been better if Serbia and Montenegro had carried through this process independently, without Mr Solana. The document signed in Belgrade has no democratic underpinning among people in either Serbia or Montenegro, since it was imposed from outside. For Montenegro, the most important thing now is for its government to demonstrate both to its own citizens and to the European Union that it is ready for substantive reforms.
Peter Palmer, analyst for the International Crisis Group