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Renewed tensions along Bosnia-Montenegro border

(27 January 2015)

Bosnian academics have argued that an area of Montenegrin coastline belongs to Bosnia, prompting Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic to refuse to reappoint a new ambassador to Bosnia. In turn, news reports suggest that Bosnia may withdraw its ambassador from Podgorica.

Bosnian academics and non-governmental organisations presented documents arguing that the area of Sutornia had historically belonged to Bosnia, reigniting tensions over an area of coastline that had been disputed when Bosnia and Montenegro were part of Yugoslavia. The disputed area consists of only five villages and the River Sutorina, but could represent a second point of access for Bosnia to the Adriatic Sea.

Montenegrin opposition parties have called for a parliamentary hearing into the dispute. Darko Pajovic, leader of the Positiv opposition bloc, said, “Not an inch of the territory of Montenegro should be ceded to anyone.” The two countries finished a technical demarcation of the border in May 2014, and approved a border agreement in November 2014.

Sources:

Bosnia-Montenegro Border Row Heats up, 22 January 2015, by Elvira Jukic and Dusica Tomovic, Balkan Insight, http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/border-dispute-stirs-tensions-between-bosnia-and-montenegro

Montenegro refuses to send new ambassador to Bosnia amid border dispute, 23 January 2015, by Hamdi Fırat Büyük, Journal of Turkish Weekly, http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/179070/montenegro-refuses-to-send-new-ambassador-to-bosnia-amid-border-dispute.html