Montenegro Promises: No US Base in Sinjajevina

February 14th, 2024 - by World BEYOND War

Prime Minister of Montenegro Promises
No Military Training Ground on Sinjajevina
World BEYOND War

(February 12, 2024) — After years of struggle, supported by World BEYOND War and others, the Save Sinjajevina campaign has met with the Prime Minister of Montenegro and gained his promise that there will be no military training ground built at Sinjajevina.

This was to have been a massive and destructive project for the benefit of NATO and the US military. It now seems clear that it will not happen.

This is a campaign to protect a beautiful inhabited mountain in Montenegro from being turned into a military base. The people of Montenegro, led by the Save Sinjajevina campaign, have done everything people can do to prevent atrocities in so-called democracies. They’ve won over public opinion. They’ve elected officials promising to protect their mountains. They’ve lobbied, organized public protests, and made themselves into human shields.

They show no signs of planning to give up, much less to believe the UK’s official position that this mountain destruction is environmentalism, while NATO [was] threatening to use Sinjajevina for war training [as early as] May 2023!

The people resisting this, and having already achieved heroic victories, need — now more than ever — financial and other support to transport supplies, to train and organize unarmed nonviolent resisters, and to visit Brussels and Washington to try to save their mountains.

Save Sinjajevina’s Nature and Local Communities!

Target: EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement; the Prime Minister of Montenegro; and the Ministry of the Defense of Montenegro

Text of Petition:
• Stand with the local communities of Sinjajevina and the ecosystems they preserve and:
• Ensure the removal of the military training ground in Sinjajevina in a legally binding manner.
• Create a protected area in Sinjajevina co-designed and co-governed by local