Analysis 15 Nov 17

Serbia’s Border Demands Add to Bosnia’s Headaches

Serbian and Bosnian Serb leaders say the border issues between the two states will be solved by the end of the year, but some experts say it won’t be nearly so simple.

Danijel Kovacevic
Banja Luka
Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik and Aleksandar Vucic. Archive photo: BETAPHOTO/EMIL VAS/EV

Experts have told BIRN that outstanding border issues between Bosnia and Serbia may not be resolved as easily as Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and the President of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, have suggested.

The whole issue could be resolved by December 7, when Bosnia’s tripartite presidency is due to visit Vucic in Belgrade, or, alternatively, it could be resolved by the end of the year, Vucic and Dodik said after they met in Belgrade on November 10.

“I think we can do this if there is a good will, especially because on the other side [of the border from Serbia] is Republika Srpska,” Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said after the same meeting.

Bosnian Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak has also said that everything could be solved by an exchange of territory by the end of the year, although neither he nor Bosnia’s government, the Council of Ministers, has provided any details on proposals.

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