comment 27 Mar 17

Bosnian Croats Keep Pushing for Unachievable Entity

Bosnian Croat leaders are not giving up on their old demand for a third entity - but given how unlikely they are to get one, the question is what their real goal is.

Srecko Latal
BIRN
Sarajevo

The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and Dragan Covic, the Croat member of the Bosnian Presidency and the head of the Bosnian branch of HDZ, meet for a two-day conference in Bosnia’s only coastal town, Neum. Photo: Anadolu

The quest by Bosnian Croats for an entity of their own has been a security and political challenge for Bosnia and Herzegovina for three decades now, and its outcome could well determine Bosnia's future. Yet, no one knows how, where or even whether such a region can or might be constituted.

Bearing in mind the misunderstanding and tension the topic has caused, but also how little is clear about it, the so-called “third entity” remains an example of the perplexing political alchemy of the Balkans.

As many other alchemical experiments, this one could also blow up in everyone’s faces. Fear of the potential consequences has driven numerous international, Bosniak, Bosnian Serb and even Bosnian Croat officials to stand against the idea.

Despite that, part of the Bosnian Croat leadership seems determined to keep walking the path.

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