The Secretary General said that Allies note and appreciate clear progress in crucial areas. However, the Secretary General said, more work remains to be done and it is now premature to outline a timetable for membership in the Alliance.
“NATO is the guarantor of peace and stability in the Balkans”, the Secretary General said. “I firmly believe that the future of Montenegro lies within Euro-Atlantic structures, within NATO and the EU”.
The Secretary General thanked Montenegro for its moderating role in the region and for the valuable contribution to NATO’s ISAF mission in Afghanistan.