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Legal Status and Rights of Minorities in Serbia and Montenegro

Legal Status and Rights of Minorities in Serbia and Montenegro I. THE NAME AND CHARACTER OF THE STATE UNION OF SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO The State Union of Serbia and Montenegro (SM)' is the result of the recent transforma- tion of the former federal state of these two countries. Over the course of February and March 2003, this union was established out of what was the Federal Republic of Yugo- slavia (FRY), which itself had been proclaimed a federal state in April 1992, consisting of two equal member republics - the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Montenegro - of which Serbia comprises two autonomous provinces (APs): AP Vojvodina and AP Kosovo and Metohija. Despite many similarities (before the communist rule they shared perceptions of common origin, religion, language, history, cooperation and friendships, as well as alliances throughout history), and mutual economic interests (the Montenegrin Coast and Serbia's longing for a sea exit since the early nineteenth century, as well as its significant natural and economic resources and potentials), there are objective difficulties in achieving adequate constitutional arrangements and practical political cooperation. One of the problems is common for all two-member federal states. They become unsta- ble if the leadership or the political elite of one member wants http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Legal Status and Rights of Minorities in Serbia and Montenegro

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
DOI
10.1163/221161103X00292
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Abstract

I. THE NAME AND CHARACTER OF THE STATE UNION OF SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO The State Union of Serbia and Montenegro (SM)' is the result of the recent transforma- tion of the former federal state of these two countries. Over the course of February and March 2003, this union was established out of what was the Federal Republic of Yugo- slavia (FRY), which itself had been proclaimed a federal state in April 1992, consisting of two equal member republics - the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Montenegro - of which Serbia comprises two autonomous provinces (APs): AP Vojvodina and AP Kosovo and Metohija. Despite many similarities (before the communist rule they shared perceptions of common origin, religion, language, history, cooperation and friendships, as well as alliances throughout history), and mutual economic interests (the Montenegrin Coast and Serbia's longing for a sea exit since the early nineteenth century, as well as its significant natural and economic resources and potentials), there are objective difficulties in achieving adequate constitutional arrangements and practical political cooperation. One of the problems is common for all two-member federal states. They become unsta- ble if the leadership or the political elite of one member wants

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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