Analysis 05 Dec 17

Bosnian, Serbian Leaders Meet to Ease Friction

Members of Bosnia’s Presidency are due in Serbia this week for talks at a time when border issues, Kosovo and landmark war crimes verdicts have all raised the political temperature.

Danijel Kovacevic
BIRN
Banja Luka
Bosnia's presidency members Dragan Covic, Mladen Ivanic and Bakir Izetbegovic [from left to right]. Photo: Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia’s three-member presidency is visiting Serbia on Tuesday and Wednesday for talks with President Aleksandar Vucic in which border questions, war crimes sentences and Kosovo are all likely to feature.

Politicians from both states have repeatedly emphasized that the border problem should be resolved by the end of the year.

“This is the only tangible problem, and … in that context, it [the discussion] should be constructive. However, I doubt that this issue will be at the centre of media interest,” political analyst Srdjan Puhalo told BIRN.

Experts believe the media are much more likely to focus on points of friction in relations between Belgrade and Sarajevo.

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