Patriarch Irinej strongly condemned the statement of Montenegrin Defense Minister Predrag Boskovic, who said that the Law on Freedom of Religion was used to launch a crusade against Montenegro.
“There is nothing to comment here, they keep saying it. They are hiding what they intend to do – to weaken the Church, to weaken the people, and to get rid of the Serbs, as well as the Albanians did in Kosovo. Thebackground of the law is designed to exterminate Serbs from Montenegro” the patriarch told the Kurir magazine.
The patriarch said that the Serbian people would continue to fight, go to the lithiums and expressed hope that the Constitutional Court would be understanding.
Boskovic described relations with Serbia as the worst since the restoration of Montenegrin independence, stating that the protest rallies “have nothing to do with the law, but that the intention is to present Montenegro as a Serbian state in order to annul its independence gained in the 2006 referendum.”