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President of Montenegro Defends Agreement to Article 98

Monenegro's President Vujanovic defended his exchange of notes with the U.S. accepting Article 98 of the Rome Agreement

Washington, D.C., May 3, 2007 - In a live VOA TV interview, Montenegro's President Filip Vujanovic defended his exchange of notes with the United States accepting Article 98 of the Rome Agreement, which excludes U.S. citizens from extradition to the International Criminal Court.

Responding to critics of the exchange of notes between Montenegro and the United States during the live VOA Serbian program Open Studio, President Vujanovic said, "We have accepted what was already accepted by over 100 countries and by doing so we have expressed our trust in and respect for the U.S. judiciary."

Praising his talks with the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Vujanovic said that the Pentagon positively assessed the current military reforms in Montenegro. "This will enable our armed forces to reach standards necessary for NATO membership," said Vujanovic. He noted that he just got word before going on air "that U.S. funds have already been set aside for the training of Montenegrin officers," and stressed that this reaffirms excellent bilateral relations and the strategic partnership between the United States and Montenegro.

President Vujanovic is on a three-day official visit to Washington for meetings with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Vice President Dick Cheney, and other Administration officials.

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