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Government unanimously reaches decision on building training range for needs of Armed Forces of Montenegro in Sinjajevina mountain

Published date: 05.09.2019 15:32 | Author: PR Service

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Podgorica, Montenegro (5 September 2019) -- A training range for the needs of the Armed Forces of Montenegro will be built in Sinjajevina mountain, the Cabinet decided at today’s session . Minister of Defence Predrag Bošković told the press that the location, in a total area of 74,596,381 m2 covering the municipalities of Kolašin, Mojkovac and Šavnik, will be used exclusively as a training range for the Armed Forces.

"The Government, as a responsible entity, addressed this issue in the most responsible way possible," Minister Bošković noted.

He pointed out that no destruction of surplus weapons is planned, that the Armed Forces is not going to build anything else on that location, stressing that the construction of the training range will have no impact on environmental pollution.

This is also evidenced by the report on the measurement of radioactivity in the environment (air, water, soil), which was commissioned by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia, for the Krivolak military range, after a month-long exercise.

''What made the Government of Montenegro decide to make one such decision today is that we had communicated with our partners in the European Union, countries with much greater experience, much greater knowledge when it comes to environmental protection. I can tell you that Natura 2000, as the EU key document on the protection of biodiversity and the creation of a regional nature park, is absolutely not in conflict with military training ranges,'' Minister Bošković explained.

'' I would be the first one to oppose such a decision decision if there was a minimal chance of endangering the environment of a mountain such as Sinajevina with such activity.''

He added that the intention is to make Sinjajevina mountain more accessible, both for those who live there and for many tourists. Zero status will be recorded there and environmental monitoring will be carried out every year, said Minister Bošković.

After the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of Montenegro had been formed, ecotoxicological tests were conducted at several locations on the territory of Montenegro. The environmental impact of ammunition destruction in 2009 and 2010 was also analysed. The reports of the Centre for Ecotoxicological Research of Montenegro stated that there was no negative impact and environmental damage (water, air, nature, soil, etc.).

Based on past experience and expert analysis, it can be concluded that ammunition that would be used when conducting exercises in Sinjajevina mountain could not endanger the environment on any basis.