While Slobodan Milosevic was in power in Belgrade, Djukanovic was praised for his courage in standing up to him by the previous Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. The British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, was equally fulsome in his support of the young Montenegrin President. But now that Milosevic has ﬁnally been ousted, a different set of priorities is in place.
The most immediate of these is the need to support and bolster the new democratic regime in Belgrade. The international community has made no secret of its wish to see Montenegro remain in some sort of federal relationship with its sister republic Serbia. But if Djukanovic’s governing coalition wins the parliamentary elections scheduled for April 22 he will hold a referendum on independence from Serbia, if possible by the end of June.