The Sutorina issue should be presented before the International Court, since Montenegro has no arguments to prove on what ground the area would belong to it, the newly formed Forum of Bosniak Intellectuals, a body of intellectuals which would operate within the World Bosniak Congress (SBK), concluded at its first session held in Sarajevo.
The topic of the session was “Access of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Adriatic Sea”, which is also the title of the book written by Bosnian historian, Galib Sljivo, a keynote speaker at the session. In addition to Mr Sljivo, the Chairman of the Forum of Bosniak Intellectuals, Suad Kurtcehajic, as well as numerous guests were attended the session.
Mr Kurtcehajic said Mr Sljivo was historian who had researched and spent months in the Vienna archives. His writings have been based on authentic documents rather than on a compilation of other people's knowledge, Mr Kurtcehajic added.
“It is very important to be aware of the amount of the historical material showing that it (Sutorina) belongs to Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he stressed, adding that researches of Galib Sljivo, given that he dealt with the life and work of Djuro Pucar, indicated there was no clear paperwork showing the way Montenegro had got it.
“For us, the most important thing would be to present the issue before the court. Then we would be in a good position – if the Sutorina issue came before the International Court, then Montenegro would have no arguments to prove on what ground Sutorina would belong to it. Given that politicians have come to the point that they are willing to cede the area to Montenegro, it is important to take advantage of the period until the ratification,” Mr Kurtcehajic said, adding there is a huge ignorance when it comes to the issue of Sutoria.
According to him, the agreement on the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro is not supposed to be ratified in order to avoid leaving Bosnia without an access to the sea, due to an “unwise policy of representatives of Bosnian authorities who boast to be the first to sign the agreement on state border”. “They would be first, but to the great detriment of Bosnia,” Mr Kurtcehajic stressed.
Mr Sljivo reminded that he wrote his book “Access of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Adriatic Sea” with the subtitle “Klek and Sutorina in international relations between 1815 and 1878”. He said he was often asked how came that Klek (Neum) had remained in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Sutorina remained in Montenegro.
“I simply answered that I had explored that issue until the last international congress at which, among other things, international borders had been determined, so that state borders should also be determined in the same way. According to that, there is no doubt that the territory of Sutorina belongs to Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Sljivo concluded.