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PM Marković invites Metropolitan Amfilohije to dialogue: It is time and opportunity to commit even more strongly to harmony, unity and trust building

PM Marković invites Metropolitan Amfilohije to dialogue: It is time and opportunity to commit even more strongly to harmony, unity and trust building
Published date: 28.01.2020 16:03 | Author: PR Service

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Prime Minister Duško Marković has invited Metropolitan of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije (Radović) to a dialogue on the Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Legal Status of Religious Communities, stating that the Law has entered into force and that the deadlines for its application are approaching.

"We want to share with you, the clergy and the monasticism of the Orthodox Church in Montenegro, the expectation and hope that - despite the challenges and controversies, and especially internal and external political interference - the adoption of the Law will not cause new divisions of the Orthodox Christians of Montenegro. At the same time, it is also time and an opportunity to commit ourselves even more strongly to harmony, unity and trust building, and especially within the Orthodox confession, as the largest one. The Government sees and recognises this opportunity and will be strongly committed to it," the Prime Minister wrote in a letter.

PM Marković states in the letter that the Law should be seen as a legal regulation that removes not only the cultural and religious but also the civilizational limitation in which we found ourselves and as a regulation that is in line with modern European standards, and which as such has received the positive opinion of the Venice Commission, whose recommendations were accepted by the Government and incorporated into the legal text.

"But at this point, it is even more important that the Government is ready to make an additional effort to make Orthodox citizens in Montenegro move to the one and common path. This complex and demanding goal requires new development in relations between the Government and the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, which, with trust as a necessary condition, implies taking responsibility according to our present roles," the Prime Minister's letter reads.

The Prime Minister noted that the Government is ready to start a dialogue on the preparation of a basic agreement on mutual relations.

"At the same time, let us express our readiness to once again jointly look at the best solutions for applying Art. 62-64 of the Law, and certainly through dialogue and possible consensus, eliminate any dilemma and doubt about the use of churches, temples and monasteries, or their future uses. We are convinced that this is a necessary stage that separates us from the ultimate goal, which is to build trust and mutual respect and respect for the state by the Orthodox Church, for the benefit of the unity of all Orthodox believers," Prime Minister Duško Marković stressed.

PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MONTENEGRO