Tuesday, May 4, 1999 Published at 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Montenegro - forgotten casualty of war
Montenegro's beautiful Adriatic coast was a favourite spot for celebrities
By Brian Barron in Budva on the Adriatic coast in Montengro
In the old Yugoslavia, Montenegro was one of the main tourist areas, the preferred holiday spot for some of the world's rich and famous.
For a generation of British and European tourists the port of Budva, on a beguiling stretch of the Adriatic, has been a favourite destination. But not today.
To the north and south coastal targets are pounded by Nato and one resident tells me: "When I hear sirens I feel panic - it just seems to be calm and peaceful."
Tourism hopes dashed
The economic situation is so grim that fishing has become the only way that Christo Niklanovic, Budva's top restaurant owner, can survive:
Even the seaside funfair struggles to make a dinar as Montenegro pays for being a minor partner in Milosevic's Yugoslav federation.
Budva's mayor told me there hasn't been a collapse of tourism on this scale since World War II. The loss of revenue could even imperil Montenegro's stability.
These men have come to Budva to escape being called up by the Yugoslav army. One man told me "Milosevic has made too many mistakes - first Bosnia, now Kosovo - so why should Montenegro suffer?"
Yet suffering it is because this fabulous coastline has become a forgotten casualty of war.