|MILAN ROĆEN, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND EUROPEAN INTEGRATION OF MONTENEGRO: (Statement at the International Donors Conference on Durable Solutions for Refugees and IDPs, Sarajevo, April 24, 2012)|
|Tuesday, 24 April 2012|
I would like to greet you on behalf of Montenegro. I would like to thank Bosnia and Herzegovina for the excellent organization of the Conference. I would particularly like to thank partner countries and the international organizations for the extraordinary cooperation in this regional process.
It is a great pleasure that the highest officials of the UNHCR, the European Commission and the OSCE – High Commissioner Guterres, the European Commissioner Fule and Secretary General Zanier, as well as the US State Department delegation headed by Mr Robinson are with us today. We also welcome the Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank Mr Wenzel. I would particularly like to greet Ms Sadako Ogata, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Her presence makes us happy, but it also reminds us.
Your participation at the Conference is an additional impetus for the governments of the region to find durable solutions for the refugee issue. Led by this, the governments of the four countries, with the support of the UNHCR, have launched regional initiative which, among other things, resulted in the Regional Housing Program. Its implementation will enable the resolution of this long-standing and above all humanitarian problem. This initiative is also much more than this. It is a matter of our past, an integral part of the reconciliation process, but also a matter for our future.
The Government has intensified its activities on the improvement of the access to rights, but also on bettering life conditions of IDPs in the Konik camp. Our progress has been recognized by the European Commission in its recommendation to open the accession negotiations with Montenegro.
The implementation of this project is a guarantee that the day when refugees will not be persons with no address in the Balkans is to come soon; that they and their descendants will have their home country and a dignified life of a human being.