Djukanovic was ready to put off the law; "Unfortunately, Amfilohije's call followed"

Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic announced this morning that he and Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic recently proposed to the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Amfilohije to suspend the application of the Law on Freedom of Religion until the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights rule their decision, but that the Metropolitan, in spite of that, called for the continuation of the liturgy.
"As you know, and as I told the public, on several occasions I responded and met with Metropolitan Amfilohije, on the occasion of the Law on Freedom of Religion and other important issues that arose in the relations between the state and the Orthodox Church. This was also the case a few days ago, when we, Metropolitan Amfilohije and Bishop Ioanikije, responded to the invitation of President Milo Djukanovic, as the highest representatives of the executive power in Montenegro. That meeting was a confirmation of our respect for the Metropolitanate and other dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church, but also a confirmation of our lasting commitment to conduct a dialogue and seek common and best solutions. The conversation we had was meaningful, long and constructive, and ended with clear proposals that President Djukanovic and I announced, and whose goal is to get out of the current situation that burdens the overall social environment. Specifically - the Government was ready to suspend the implementation of the Law on Freedom of Religion until a decision on its correctness is made by the Constitutional Court of Montenegro and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. "At the same time, we offered and proposed the continuation of the started negotiations at the expert level for the next week...

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