Comment 15 Nov 17

Bosnia’s Izetbegovic Delivers Gift to Serbian Nationalists

Bosnian presidency member Bakir Izetbegovic’s statement that he would like Bosnia to recognise Kosovo was a free gift to Serbian nationalists seeking to win support by projecting themselves as their country’s true defenders.

Slobodan Georgiev
Bakir Izetbegovic, a member of the three-headed presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (left) and Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian President. Photos: Beta

Words can cause a war, but they can also lift political ratings – we all know that from the contemporary history of the Western Balkans.

The latest such words come from Bakir Izetbegovic, a member of the three-headed presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the representative of the country’s Bosniak citizens.

Izetbegovic said in an interview with Deutsche Welle that he advocates the recognition of Kosovo independence, but that he is sure that such a move by Bosnia and Herzegovina will not bring good things to Kosovo just as it would be bad for Bosnia.

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