§ Lord Moynihan
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether relations between Montenegro and the Milosevic Government in Serbia are worsening; and whether they are taking steps to protect the integrity and security of the Montenegro population in view of the proposed referendum. [HL4353]
§ Baroness Scotland of Asthal
Relations between Montenegro and Serbia are poor at a political level. Talks between the governing parties of the two Republics have taken place, and we hope that an acceptable compromise can be reached which addresses Montenegro's legitimate aspirations.
The UK and the international community will work to prevent political disagreements from degenerating into conflict. We have warned President Milosevic of grave consequences if he attempts to destabilise Montenegro.
It is not our policy to discuss contingency planning.