Will Montenegro become a NATO member in 2016?

Well, here’s another crumb that’s fallen from the table: The Montenegrin “Ambassador [to the United States Srđan] Darmanović stressed the importance of Montenegro’s accession to NATO in the year marking the tenth anniversary of restoration of the country’s independence”[a]. This sentence is tantalizingly ambiguous. The year of Montenegro’s independence was, of course, 2006[b]. But it’s not perfectly clear whether the prepositional phrase “in the year marking the tenth anniversary” modifies the possessive phrase “Montenegro’s accession to NATO” or the verb “stressed.” If it’s the former (as I think it is), then Darmanović is talking about joining NATO during the 10-year anniversary of Montenegro’s independence, i.e., 2016.

By the way, Darmanović is a human rights advocate[c] and a kick-ass chess player[d]. You can even connect with him on LinkedIn[e]. Seriously. Maybe he’ll tell us what Montenegro’s up to.

[a] http://www.gov.me/en/News/159368/reception-to-mark-the-beginning-of-the-process-of-Montenegro-s-accession-to-NATO.html

[b] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17667132

[c] http://www.cedem.me/me/?jezik=eng

[d] http://www.allgov.com/news/appointments-and-resignations/ambassador-from-montenegro-who-is-srdjan-darmanovic?news=842976

[e] https://www.linkedin.com/in/srdjan-darmanovic-214715a4

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