Today, the Municipal Assembly of Cetinje did not declare itself on the civic initiative to return the Cetinje Monastery to the use of the Montenegrin Orthodox Church (CPC), but the clubs of councilors agreed on a conclusion in which they supported the initiative.
On the eve of the beginning of the session, a group of young men insulted and threatened one of the URA deputies.
Yesterday, the Government of Montenegro decided, without holding a session, to enroll the Cetinje Monastery in the state of Montenegro instead of the capital Cetinje as the holder of property rights.
The Cetinje Monastery is formally legally owned by the municipality of Cetinje, while the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral of the Serbian Orthodox Church claims to belong to it.
As stated in the conclusion adopted today by the Municipal Assembly of Cetinje, the goal of preserving the commitment of Montenegrin citizens to live in a state where the basic values are freedom, peace, tolerance, respect for human rights and freedoms, multiculturalism, democracy, rule of law and equality, supports the Initiative. enabling equality in the use of the Cetinje Monastery to all Orthodox believers and free performance of religious rites and affairs to all Orthodox religious communities in the country.
After several hours of discussion, the presidents of the clubs of councilors agreed with the leadership of the city and the Assembly on six conclusions that the Assembly of the Capital will vote on on Friday.
During today’s debate in the Cetinje parliament, which was not attended by members of the Democratic Montenegro, support for the initiative was announced by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the Social Democrats (SD) and the Cetinje URE.
The mayor of the capital of Cetinje, Aleksandar Kašćelan, said that the ownership of the Cetinje monastery is not just a legal and administrative issue, which decides who has the right to learn and practice faith in it, but an important social, cultural and political issue, whose consequences can be incalculable on national identity.
Kašćelan notes that when considering the initiative, it should be borne in mind that today in Montenegro there is no people or ethnic community that is so deprived of the basic human right to profess the faith as is the case with Orthodox Montenegrins whose CPC is the mother church.
“Temples can be counted on the fingers of one hand in which believers of the Montenegrin Orthodox Church can pray and perform church rites. independent and recognized by local churches communities of believers “, he emphasized.