First to determine who owns Ostrog and then build

The Montenegrin Orthodox Church has asked that the draft detailed urban plan (DUP) “Ostrog-Glava Zete” is repealed until the ownership issue over the Ostrog monastery is resolved and the Constitutional Court, the Parliament of Montenegro and scientific and cultural public of Montenegro declares their opinions on the document, said vice president of the Council of the Metropolitanate of Montenegrin Orthodox Church, Stevo Vucinic.

Pobjeda daily yesterday published that the draft DUP “Ostrog-Glava Zete” will have to undergo refinement, because its processors did not, not even in subsequent analyzes, take into account some of the important remarks that were heard during the month-long public debate, mainly relating to space which on many aspects touches the specific needs of the complex of sacred Ostrog facilities.

“The Cetinje branch of the Belgrade Patriarchate is an illegal owner, unscrupulous user and foreign legal entity operating illegally in this country. Therefore, it cannot be the investor for works in the complex of the Lower and Upper Monastery of Ostrog. This organization does not intend to build within the monastery complex objects of spiritual purpose, but walls of the great-Serbia space that are neither with interior nor exterior reminiscent of Ostrog’s authentic values”, said Vucinic.

He said that the symbolic significance of the shrine of Ostrog for Montenegro and Montenegrins is such that it cannot be left to the management of anyone who does not respect the sovereignty and integrity of the Montenegrin community.

“That has to be taken into account. Our attitude towards the Ostrog monastery in ownership, spiritual and cultural sense, is sending a clear message to the public about the national identity, national sovereignty and our own spirituality, which is in all things distinctive, which is why we are Montenegrins and why this is Montenegro”, said Vucinic.

The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism announced that the DUP should provide for construction of a residential building with 50 rooms on the location of the Lower Monastery, which was the request of representatives of the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral. It is also necessary to include in DUP the urban-technical conditions for the extension and reconstruction of individual buildings within the complex of the Upper Monastery, which would imply the subsequent legalization of already finished works about which the public said and wrote a lot over the past few months.

The opinion of the Ministry orders that all prefabricated and objects of solid material, currently working on the basis of provisional licenses, be eliminated from all future planning documents.

Izvor: RTV Montenegro