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EU, Montenegro To Start Talks This Month

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic (left) and Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic at the during final pre-election rally in Podgorica on September 7 (epa) September 11, 2006 -- The European Commission today said it will open talks on closer ties between the European Union and Montenegro this month.

EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said the general elections held in Montenegro on September 10 were conducted in accordance with international standards. He also urged Montenegro to continue reforms.

The EU is handling pre-membership talks with Montenegro separately from Serbia, after the two countries separated four months ago.

(dpa, AP)