İrem UZUN -TDO- Montenegro and Serbia have expelled each other's ambassadors over a historical dispute dating back more than a century. Serbian ambassador to Montenegro, Vladimir Bozovic was accused of "interfering in Montenegro's internal affairs" and given 72 hours to leave the country. Montenegro's ambassador to Serbia, Tarzan Milosevic, was also expelled.
The outgoing pro-Western government of Montenegro cited “long and continuous meddling in the internal affairs of Montenegro” as the reason for the action and asked Serbian Ambassador Vladimir Bozovic to leave the country. It comes days before the planned inauguration of a new, pro-Serb government in Montenegro. Serbia’s Foreign Ministry said later on Saturday it responded in a “reciprocal manner.”
Montenegro's interior ministry said that despite warnings not to interfere into internal affairs, the Serbian ambassador said the 1918 session of the parliament in which Montenegro's sovereignty was abolished was "liberating". Montenegro's foreign ministry said Bozovic had "belittled the state which gave him a diplomatic immunity". It added that he had been given several verbal and written warnings. The tiny Adriatic state of 600,000 was a kingdom until 1918 when it abolished its sovereignty to join Yugoslavia. It stayed in a union with Serbia after Yugoslavia fell apart in the early 1990s and declared independence in 2006.