After decision by the Montenegro Government to accept NATO membership, Goran Danilovic a member of the opposition Demos party, told Sputnik Serbia on Tuesday that accepting NATO membership should be decided with a national referendum.
"Under the Montenegrin constitution, they can adopt this declaration, but for us, the opposition, it is unacceptable that such a major historical decision is made by people’s representatives without consulting those who chose us," Danilovic said.
The United States on Monday, stated that it may extend an invitation to Montenegro to join NATO in December, upon the country continuing reforms and working to increase support for membership in the Alliance.
“The fact is that the story of NATO is a forced topic in Montenegro. All the relevant public opinion polls confirm it, because citizens do not list this issue in their top-ten priorities, or even in the top-twenty,” Russian news website Sputnik reported.
According to local sources, Montenegrins want to have jobs, higher wages, better healthcare, education system and the rule of law, they are not interested in whether they will be accepted into NATO.
In June, NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister, Milo Djukanovic in Montenegro and said that Montenegro's engagement with NATO would be beneficial for both sides.
NATO is an organization which forms a system of collective defence with its 28 independent members, whom all agree to mutual defence in response to any attack by an external party on one of the member states.