Podgorica, Montenegro (25 April 2015) – Regarding the claims published on 24 April 2015 by Croatian daily “Slobodna Dalmacija” in the newspaper article entitled “Montenegro plunders Croatian sea for oil exploitation”, the Government Montenegro informs the public that it did not violate the 2002 Protocol on the Interim Regime along the Southern Border and that the claims set forth in the article are false.
In order to protect its interests, the Government of Montenegro made an objection the the Croatian side and international instances as the protocol had been violated during the calling of the Croatian tender for granting concessions for oil and gas exploitation within the disputed territory.
Montenego’sTender for exploration and production of hydrocarbons does not include the area between the azimuths 206 and 231, which is a disputed area between the two countries. On the contrary, our first tender was oriented to the area covering the south-eastern part of the seabed of Montenegro, or towards the border with Albania. Daily “Slobodna Dalmacija” is also familiar with the fact and it published on 9 August 2013 the research map denying the claims from its today’s article (the article is still available at: http://slobodnadalmacija.hr/Hrvatska/tabid/66/articleType/ArticleView/articleId /218120/Default.aspx).
The Montenego government remains committed to conducting negotiations on drafting the final agreement the two countries would address the International Court of Justice in the Hague with the aim of reaching a final decision in the best interests of both countries.
PUBLIC RELATIONS BUREAU OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MONTENEGRO
Source: Government of Montenegro