Secretary-General praises Montenegro on first official visit to the country

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Ban meets Montenegran President, Filip Vujanović

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Serbia on Monday, the latest stop on his visit to China and South-eastern Europe.

Prior to this, Mr. Ban made his first official visit to Montenegro where he said the future is "full of promise."

"The decision by the European Union Council to open accession negotiations illustrates Montenegro's progress towards greater stability and prosperity in the six years since independence. Montenegro has consistently demonstrated its commitment to good relations and mutual assistance with its neighbours. The United Nations will remain your partner in addressing key priorities during the accession process, especially in our main areas: human rights, durable solutions for refugees and sustainable development."

While in Montenegro, Mr. Ban also visited the site of the UN Eco House, an energy efficient and carbon-neutral building where five United Nations agencies will be working.

Mr. Ban hopes it will be completed by the end of the year.

(Duration: 43 secs)

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