State Department Files
Extract of a letter of the King of Montenegro to the President of the
States of America, Paris, 7th January 1919 - full text to follow.
â€˜The union of Montenegro with its Jugoslav brothers?
â€˜But all my life I have been the most resolute and most
listened to partisan
of it! Only, I have always felt that it was necessary to leave my people
independence which they have so dearly bought by five long centuries
strife, and I have always proclaimed that in the formation of a Jugoslav
community each member ought to preserve its autonomy. This I restated
October 1918. No Jugoslavia is possible, in my opinion, without liberty
equality among its members.'