Serbia announced Sunday, November 29, to give up expelling the Montenegro ambassador in a desire for appeasement, after the announcement the day before by the two countries of the expulsion of their respective ambassadors.
Montenegro declared Serbian Ambassador Vladimir Bozovic persona non grata on Saturday for “Interference in (his) internal affairs”, giving him 72 hours to leave the country. Serbia immediately announced a reciprocal measure with regard to Montenegro Ambassador Tarzan Milosevic.
“We have decided that Serbia will as of this evening reverse its decision to expel the Ambassador of Montenegro”, said Prime Minister Ana Brnabic after an interview with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Belgrade wants “Once again extend the hand of cooperation and friendship”, she added.
The conflict arose a few days before the new pro-Serbian government of Montenegro took office.
Improve relations between the two countries
Earlier on Sunday, Montenegro’s prime minister-designate Zdravko Krivokapic regretted the diplomatic crisis. He had promised, on Twitter, that his government, due to take office on Wednesday, would work to improve relations between the two countries. “The outgoing power, until its last days, does not hesitate to polarize society and to widen divisions”, he added.
But President Milo Djukanovic’s Democratic Socialist Party approved the expulsion of the Serbian ambassador, arguing that he “Denigrated Montenegro”.
Serbian Ambassador Vladimir Bozovic described Friday as “Release” the holding of an assembly in 1918 which had decided that Montenegro would join Serbia and thus integrate the kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, losing its independence.
Symbolically, Montenegrin lawmakers passed a resolution in 2018 overturning the 1918 assembly rulings. Montenegro proclaimed independence from Serbia in 2006, but tensions over national identity still haunt it. small country in the Balkans.