Comment 25 Sep 17

Bosnia-Croatia Feud Risks Spiralling out of Control

An already ugly diplomatic war between Croatia and Bosnia could get a lot worse following an upcoming war-crimes verdict.

Srecko Latal
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic recently stated that Bosnia is home to up to 10,000 Islamic extremists. Photo: BETAPHOTO/HINA/POOL/Damir SENCAR/MO

A recent series of malicious public exchanges between Bosnian and Croatian politicians and media has brought relations between the two countries to a new low since the breakup of Yugoslavia and the wars of the 1990s.

Worried by this situation, the head of Bosnia's Islamic Community, Reis Husein Kavazovic, has written to the head of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Josip Bozanic, lamenting the worsening political situation and its impact on religious and ethnic relations both within and between the two countries.

Some politicians may be intentionally or unintentionally ignoring the effects of their statements, Reis Kavazovic said in the letter he sent mid last week.

He added that “inter-religious relations are deeper and longer-lasting then political parties’ relations” – implicitly inviting Bozanic to join Kavazovic in cooling the feud.

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