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Tusk: Only those nations who have a memory, are great nations

President of the European Council Donald Tusk addresses during celebration of 10th Anniversary of Independence of Montenegro, in Podgorica on May 21, 2016.

PODGORICA – Speech by President Donald Tusk at the ceremony of the 10th anniversary of the independence of Montenegro:

“Only those nations who have a memory, are great nations. Today, Montenegro is celebrating its’ 10th Anniversary of Independence. This independence is possible only because Montenegrins remember their beautiful, and at times tragic history. Today we recall your heroes and leaders, those from Petrović Njegoš times, the insurgents and soldiers from the twenties of the last century, and those from the Second World War.

The greatness of a state is not determined by its territory, nor is the greatness of a nation determined by the number of its people. Today we say ” the great Montenegro”, because its greatness is not determined by kilometres or demographic statistics, but by the prowess, pride, wisdom, patience and  hard work of Montenegrins.

You remained brave throughout the centuries, protecting your independence even in the worst of times. You showed what pride means, also in the last years. You did not want pittance from anyone, you did not want to get anything for free. The only thing you expected were the respect and understanding for your ambitions. Big, yet justified ambitions. And today you rightly enjoy the respect and recognition of all Europe, of all international community.

But only prowess and pride are not enough. What is also needed are wisdom and patience. You have proven that you show those qualities, too. You have built your independence wisely and patiently, without needless victims, and after gaining it, you nurtured good relations with your immediate neighbours in a most mature way. Everyone valued it highly. This is what has paved your way to NATO and the European Union.

You have also demonstrated how hard-working you are. You have built the foundations of a sound economy and become a symbol of success, not only on a regional scale. And you want more. But Montenegro does deserve more. And I am confident that your dreams about a safe and prosperous Montenegro shall be fulfilled, because you are a great nation.”

During his visit to President Tusk have meetings whit Presidents of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo, and also separate meeting with Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Đukanović.

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