May 14, 2019 - The civic movement ODUPRISE delegation travels on Wednesday, May 15th to Brussels, where they will stay until May 18th, but it is still not confirmed who of the European officials they will meet. In Brussels, they should present an Agreement on the future that they have signed with opposition MPs and, as they stated, ask for EU support resolving the political crisis in Montenegro.
The delegation will be representatives of the movement Džemal Perović, Omer Šarkić, and Nikola Grdinić, while representatives of the opposition are not traveling to Brussels. At the previous meetings of the opposition leaders and the Movement ODUPRISE, it was agreed that this would be a delegation that included a representative of Democrats and Nebojsa Medojevic from the Democratic Front (DF).
At the last meeting, the Organizing Committee of the ODUPRISE movement discussed the platform of meeting with European officials, member of the Committee Dzemal Perovic told "Vijesti." They had previously requested a meeting with European Commissioner Johannes Hahn, but yesterday there was no confirmation that they would meet with him.
Due to the trip to Brussels, expected to be of great importance, yesterday's meetings with representatives of opposition parties were postponed, whose goal was to restore unity
before the next protest scheduled for May 21st.
Representatives of the ODUPRISE movement had to meet separately yesterday with the leaders of the Democrats and the SDP to resolve the disagreements, but this was abandoned. According to Vijesti, Perovic announced a meeting with SDP President Ranko Krivokapic but later informed that the meeting was canceled.
The party of Aleksa Becic has previously refused an invitation to a joint meeting, complaining that it was a "non-legislative attempt to shift responsibility." Democrats then said that a meeting of leaders "who did not crush opposition unity and an agreement on the future" should be held.
"If the organizer of the meeting believes they should call SDP, Democrats will not attack them, but will not participate in it," said the Democrats to the ODRRISE movement.
Becic refuses further co-operation with SDP over the decision to vote in Kotor for the dismissal of mayor Vladimir Jokic from Democratic Montenegro. After the SDP members with the Kotor opposition voted for the removal of Jokic, state-level opposition parties accuse them of cooperating with the regime. Becic then said that he would not sit with Krivokapic at the same table, while the ODRRISE movement noted that the SDP had excluded itself from the Agreement on the future. Krivokapic has meanwhile announced that he will not run for the party congress in June, but that the SDP remains committed to the Agreement.
Perovic told Vijesti that until the return from Brussels they will not meet with any of the opposition leaders and that after arrival they will decide on next steps.
(Mila Radulovic, Samir Kajosevic)