Montenegro becomes NATO's 29th Member
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir James Everard speaks at the Montenegro flag raising ceremony June 7, 2017. NATO Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stefan Hass, DEUA
MONS, Belgium - Supreme
Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) has another flag flying in front of
its headquarters, as military personnel raised the flag of Montenegro on
Wednesday, Jun. 7, 2017, at exactly 15:05.
Montenegro is NATO's newest and 29th member after
depositing its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the U.S.
State Department in Washington, DC on Monday, Jun. 5. The ceremony was attended by Montenegrin Prime
Minister Duško Marković and by the Minister of
Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro Srdan Darmanovic.
"Montenegro is ready to respond to the obligations arising
from membership in the alliance and thereby contribute to peace and stability
around the world," said Lieutenant-Colonel Krunoslav Skupnjak, the new
Montenegrin National Military Representative (NMR) at SHAPE.
"For 68-years we have remained loyal to our core value of
Collective Defence - one for all and all for one. We congratulate you on becoming
our newest Ally," said Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir
Montenegro was invited in December 2015 to start accession
talks to join the Alliance, and the Accession Protocol was signed by Allied
foreign ministers on May 19, 2016.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office