Speaking at a Washington policy institute, Vlahovic expressed concern about the impact on Belgrade of the unsettled question of Montenegro's independence.
"As long as the Kosovo issue and the Montenegrin one are being kept as the topics of the internal political agenda in Serbia, the possibility, the chances, the advantages for the non-democratic forces to play a significant role in Serbia will be bigger than we all want to see them," Vlahovic said. "So, the sooner we take off, and let me now speak to Montenegro, the sooner we take off the Montenegrin issue from the internal political agenda in Serbia, it is better for Serbia."
He said that Montenegro's independence referendum will be held in April 2006 despite calls by the European Union for it to be delayed.
Montenegrin Foreign Minister Makes The Case For Independence