Another elections have passed but the Montenegrins still have hard choices ahead, said in the commentary to the survey of the “Mnenje” activist group.
Montenegro’s accession to NATO was one of the main issues of the campaign. At the same time, we recall that the main conditions for the country’s accession to NATO are the rule of law and public support. NATO supporters say the referendum is not necessary when NATO itself doesn’t insist on it because they have a clue: there’s already the majority in the parliament which at the referendum would not be justified at all.
So we asked the citizens of Podgorica brief and clear: do we need a referendum on NATO accession?
Here are some of the responses:
I think a referendum is necessary because the citizens should decide on joining NATO.
Yes, of course.
Yes, we need a referendum, and I am against NATO.
Yes. This is the best democratic procedure to ask everyone.
Yes, people have to say, if they want to join NATO or not. After all, if someone thinks that he stands for me and for all the people at once, it’s wrong.
Exactly. Because I can not even think, I can not understand how is it possible to stay with someone, who murdered thousands. Anywhere in the world. Not only here.
Of course we need. Otherwise, they won’t listen to us.
We do not need NATO at all, nobody is going to attack us.
It would be nice, why not. Let’s hear what people think.
I think the citizens should decide on such sensitive issues.
I think that is necessary. We should let the Montenegrins to decide whether they want to join the military bloc or not. In my opinion, Montenegro’s path to NATO is a bad idea. We should remain neutral. But in general, yes, a referendum is needed.
Among dozens respondents only five residents stumbled at necessity of the referendum, and besides some of them referred to the fact that voting in Montenegro will not decide anything, and everything will remain as was planned. Only two weren’t oppose that the decision in NATO was made by MPs.
Videomakers recalled the plebiscite on NATO in Spain in 1986, Slovakia and Hungary – in 1997, Slovenia in 2003 (separate accession to the EU and NATO) when answering the statement that holding NATO referendum is not accepted. Even reminded about Georgia who is not a NATO member-state but in 2008 conducted a survey on this issue.
Based on a survey the organizersask several questions: if NATO adherents are speaking about public’s support, why do they afraid of conducting a referendum? And if now the citizens will is not taken into account, what to expect after joining NATO?
“The real democracy is when everyone has the right to voice an opinion”, concluding words of one of the respondents.