Montenegrin officials claim the transfer was an illegal attempt to prevent the Republican Government from obtaining this property when the federal state was dissolved and replaced by the state union of Serbia and Montenegro
Although challenges still exist for the Serbian government, a number of developments including institutional reforms and the union of Serbia and Montenegro
as a loose federation have assisted Serbia in strengthening its economy and political stability.
The Republic of Montenegro declared independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro on June 3, 2006.
Because of the demise of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, Serbia became the legacy member of the United Nations and the Council of Europe.
The Constitution and laws of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro
and its constituent republics provide for freedom of religion, and state union and republican Governments generally respect this right in practice.