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(DIP) TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER DAVUTOGLU SAYS UNITY IN BALKANS IS KEY TO PROGRESS.

PODGORICA, Jul 27, 2009 (TUR) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on his Montenegrin interlocutors not to get tangled up in the past and gave the message that unity was key to progress in the Balkans during his meetings in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro.

According to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, Davutoglu used the exact words: "either security and welfare exist everywhere or nowhere at all," stressing the danger of lack of security and welfare in one region affecting the whole region.

Montenegrin officials said there were views opposing NATO membership in Montenegro and asked Turkish officials to enlighten them about pros and cons of NATO membership.

The officials said they viewed Sandzak region --where the Bosniak population was mostly concentrated-- a bridge in relations rather than a wall.

Davutoglu met with Montenegrin Parliament Speaker Ranko Krivokapic and Minister without Portfolio Rafet Husovic on Saturday.

Later Davutoglu had a tete-a-tete meeting with Milan Rocen, and the two held a joint press conference after the meeting.

Davutoglu also attended a lunch hosted in his honour by Rocen before proceeding to Rozaje where he attended a dinner.

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