EU forces ready to intervene in Bosnia if violent conflict erupts

  • Liis Einstein
  • 1.4.2017 20:24

The European Union peacekeeping force in Bosnia (EUFOR) announced on 28 March that they are prepared to intervene if the violent conflict would resume. Fears of emerging conflict in the historically volatile Balkans have risen due to secessionist pressures in Bosnia, a parliamentary boycott in Montenegro, and tensions between Serbia and its former province of Kosovo.

Bosnia is divided into two autonomous regions, the Serb Republic and the Bosniak-Croat Federation, which have caused political instability as they have conflicting visions for the nation's future. Despite this, the EU accepted Bosnia and Herzegovina´s membership application in September 2016. In his speech in Sarajevo, the new Major General of EUFOR Anton Waldner, emphasised the remaining executive mandate to intervene in short notice and the effort done to keep region stable. NATO is also supporting stability in the Balkans and announced its readiness to quickly deploy military forces from Italy and Germany in the case of violent conflict. Russia opposes the Balkans becoming a member of NATO and is manipulating political events in the region to keep the area within its sphere of influence.

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