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Serbia and Montenegro

14/03/2002

On 14 March 2002 the President of Yugoslavia, Mr Kostunica, the Prime Minister of Serbia, Mr Djindjic, the President of Montenegro, Mr Djukanovic, the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Mr Vujanovic, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, Mr Labus, signed "Proceeding Points for the restructuring of relations between Serbia and Montenegro". This documents contains the main principles for transforming the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia into "Serbia and Montenegro". The signing was witnessed by EU High Representative, Javier Solana, who initiated the negotiations and had a key role for ensuring their success. The Venice Commission provided legal advice to Mr Solana during the negotiations.

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