Republika Srpska's Dodik fuels tensions in Balkan

  • Jakub Maděránek
  • 29.11.2017 16:58

On Monday 20 November, the President of the Republika Srpska (the RS) Milorad Dodik presented his vision of the Balkans in an interview for Deutsche Welle, triggering controversy among political elites. His vision includes united Serbia formed by the RS and northern Kosovo.

Although Dodik described the current political and administrative arrangements in Bosnia as dysfunctional, independence referendum is not on the agenda yet. Furthermore, the office of Serbian President Alexander Vucic denied their ambitions to annex the RS. The tense relationships in Bosnia are also demonstrated by Bakir Izetbegovic’s statement about the readiness to wage war to maintain Bosnia's territorial integrity if necessary. Tensions further intensified after the International criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced Ratko Mladic to life imprisonment on 22 November. Mladic was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the war in Bosnia. The indictment identified Mladic as responsible for killing more than 7,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995 or terrorizing the population during the siege of Sarajevo. However, he denies the blame and says he only defended his country and his nation. The verdict caused a wave of emotions across the Balkans, including resistance as many Serbs consider Mladic innocent.

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