Montenegro had a mine and unexploded ordnance problem on border areas with Croatia and Albania. There were certain minefields around border crossings Debeli Brijeg and Ravni Brijeg on the south state border between Montenegro and Croatia. Other suspected areas were located in municipalities Plav and Rožaje on the border between Montenegro and Albania.
Montenegro still faces contamination from unexploded sub-munitions and underwater explosive remnants of WW II located off shore. There is a significant amount of aged, unstable, deteriorated and for other reasons unserviceable ammunition in Montenegro. Ammunition surplus poses a security hazard to the local population and is seeking to be demilitarized.
What we do
ITF was active in Montenegro in the period of 2002–2012, supporting its Mine Action and Conventional Weapons Destruction program. ITF started demining activities on the borded between Montenegro and Croatia in 2003 and later continued with underwater demining at Bay of Kotor. Latter was completed in cooperation with Regional Center for Underwater Demining from Bijela, Montenegro.
Since 2016, ITF and Montenegro Mine Action Centre (MMAC) have carried out a number of meetings and field visits through which it was determined that Montenegro is still struggling with various mine/cluster/UXO challenges both on land and under water. Currently, ITF is re-starting its activities in Montenegro, specifically in physical security and stockpile management and conventional weapons destruction in cooperation with relevant national authorities and identified needs.
For more information on ITF’s past activities in Montenegro, we welcome you to consult our Annual Reports, while for the plans in the forthcoming year please consider our Portfolio of Projects.