Latest News from Montenegro

Romania's Cirstea advances to Tashkent Open quarterfinals

Romanian tennis player Sorana Cirstea qualified on Wednesday for the quarterfinals of the WTA tournament in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) - Tashkent Open 2019, with total prizes worth 250,000 US dollars, after defeating Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure, with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Cirstea (aged 29, WTA's 96th), 8th seed, managed to win in two hours and 14 minutes.

Monuments to Ethnic ‘Heroes’ Spark Divisions in Montenegro

Representatives of the ethnic Albanian-majority Tuzi municipality and the Albanian diaspora unveiled the monument to the nationalist guerrilla leader in front of his former home in the village of Bardhaj.

Bosnian Serb ‘Rambo’ Fighter Seized Passenger from Train

Eyewitness Zoran Bogetic told the trial of five Bosnian Serb paramilitaries at Belgrade Higher Court on Tuesday that a passenger who was sitting in his train compartment on February 27, 1993 was taken away by two fighters.

Montenegro NGO Wants Ban on Serbian Patriarch’s Visit

The Montenegrin Movement, an NGO, has called on the authorities to ban the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, from entering Montenegro for celebrations marking 800 years of the Serbian Church's autocephaly, or ecclesiastical independence.

Serbian Opposition Sceptical of European Mediation Offer

The Alliance, which comprises a number of centrist, conservative and right-wing parties, indicated it would not go back on a decision confirmed on September 16 to boycott the election.

"Their efforts come too late," Marinika Tepic, deputy leader of the Party of Liberty and Justice, SSP, a member of the Alliance, told BIRN. "This is our final decision."

Montenegro to Grill Albania Over River Power Plants

The Montenegrin government says it will ask Albania for more information on the planned construction of mini-hydro power plants on the Cijevna River at a meeting of the joint commission for water management on September 19.

Montenegro Journalist Appeals Against ‘Unjust’ Jailing

Montenegro's Court of Appeal said on Thursday that it will respond within a month to Jovan Martinovic's appeal against his 18-month prison sentence, which has been described by media campaign groups as a blow to journalistic freedom in the country.

‘Europe Recognises Balkan Anti-War Activism is Important’

Ivan Djuric, the programme director of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights' branch in Serbia, told BIRN in an interview that the organisation's nomination for the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize is a recognition that anti-war campaigning remains necessary in the Balkan region.

Five Kosovo Serbs’ Remains Handed Over to Family

Five members of the Sutakovic family from the Kosovo town of Djakovica/Gjakova, whose remains were exhumed from a disused bunker in the town in 2018, were buried on Tuesday in Andrijevica in Montenegro after a ceremony at an Orthodox monastery in Berane.

"Russia wants disorder"; "Agreement between Belgrade and Pristina is possible"

He added that United States would back the Government in Pristina as it is devoted to dialogue, while Russian wants the region based on disorder and mistrust.
"One of our primary goals is to support the formation of Kosovo Government that is devoted to dialogue, which means suspending tariffs and returning to the negotiations table", he said in an interview for RTCG.

In Montenegro, Political Power Pays Big

The salaries earned by Montenegro's highest state officials and the assets they hold do not always add up.

Kosovo Serb Remains Handed to Serbian Representatives

Remains of two Kosovo Serbs exhumed near Djakovica/Gjakove in Kosovo, who went missing in the 1999 war in Kosovo, were handed over to Serbian representatives at the Merdare crossing on Friday.

Montenegro Court Approves Croatian Request to Extradite Sindjelic

The Higher Court in Podgorica on Friday accepted an extradition detention order for Serbian national Sasa Sindjelic, who has been arrested in Montenegro on the basis of an Interpol "red notice" submitted by authorities in Croatia, where he is wanted.