Gov. Baldacci discusses international relations

Posted Oct. 10, 2009, at 1:13 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci says his top priority is looking out for the people of Maine, but the state has an international role too.

In his weekly radio address, Baldacci says the state hosted an official delegation from Montenegro, one of the world’s newest democracies, just a few days ago. The Maine National Guard has a partnership program that’s helping to transition Montenegro’s military into a professional force that can participate in NATO missions.

Baldacci says that as Maine looks out for its interests on the world stage, there also will be disagreements. Now, Maine and the United States are in a dispute with Canada and New Brunswick over shipping in Passamaquoddy Bay, the St. Croix River and through Head Harbor Passage.