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news 16 Jan 13

Russian Prediction of Vanished Bosnia Rejected

After Russian experts reportedly predicted Bosnia's disappearance from the map from Europe by 2035, the main body representating the international community maintains that the country's sovereignty and integrity are not in question.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

Russian expert predictions that Bosnia will vanish and be divided between Serbia and Croatia by 2035 have been dismissed by the Office of the High Representative, OHR, the body overseeing peace in the country.

On Tuesday, the OHR said that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina were guaranteed by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords and were not negotiable.

The Council of Europe's envoy to Bosnia, Mary-Ann Hennessey, meanwhile, noted that Bosnia was a member of the Council and will stay united, no matter what statements emerged from Russian academics.

Serbian media this week republished the Russian experts' "map of Europe for the year 2035", which shows no trace of Bosnia and whose territory has been divided between Serbia and Croatia.

The map also shows Albania united into a single state with neighbouring Kosovo and western, ethnic Albanian, parts of Macedonia. Confusingly, the map also shows the north of Serbia, home to a large Hungarian population, as part of Hungary.

Moving west, the same map shows Belgium split into two, an Islamic state in the south of France and an independent Catalonia and Scotland.

It is not clear from Serbian media reports who exactly the Russian "experts" are.

Banja Luka-based professor Mladen Mirosavljevic said that some of these processes are already underway in the Balkans, however, starting with growing union between Albania and Kosovo, which are neighbouring countries and almost ethnically "clean".

It was only a matter of time before a "great Albania" emerged, he said.


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