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The Montenegrin Foreign Affairs and European Integration Ministry on Monday sent a protest note to the Croatian Embassy in Podgorica over the erection of a monument to Miro Baresic in the central Adriatic town of Drage.

Montenegrin diplomats issued a protest note having in mind that Barisic was convicted for the murder of the Yugoslavian ambassador to Sweden, Vladimir Rolovic, in 1971. "An now the ceremony of unveiling the monument outside his birth home in Drage is taking place," the ministry said recalling that Baresic was sentenced to life in prison for terrorism.

"The Montenegrin Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration expects the Croatian government to distance itself from this uncivilised act, given that Vladimir Rolovic was a fighter against fascism and prominent Yugoslav and Montenegrin diplomat," the ministry said in a statement.

Ambassador Rolovic died eight days after the attack.

A court in Sweden sentenced Baresic to life. In 1985 his sentenced was reduced to 18 years for his good behaviour. Baresic died on 31 July in 1991 near his hometown.

The monument to Baresic was unveiled in Drage on Sunday.

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