Dragisa Pesic, the new Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, presented his cabinet to the parliament in Belgrade on 24 July. In his inaugural speech, Mr Pesic insisted on the necessity of preserving the existence of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) despite separatist threats. The new government intends to set up a platform on the redefinition of relations between Serbia and Montenegro within the FRY.
In his inaugural speech, Mr Pesic announced that his government would mainly focus on the set-up of a platform on the redefinition of relations between Serbia and Montenegro within the FRY, with a view to possible changes to the Federal constitution. He said the government would work to reintegrate Yugoslavia into the international community, which in the long term implies, according to Mr Pesic, EU membership. The Prime Minister also promised to establish a “legal cooperation” with the Tribunal in The Hague.
The new government is composed of an equal number (5) of Serbian and Montenegran representatives. A coalition was formed between the Serbian reformist party (DOS) and the Montenegran coalition “Together for Yugoslavia” (KZJ). All Serbian ministers were also members of the previous government. Montenegro obtained posts in the Defence, Justice, Traffic, Trade and Telecommunications ministries.