BELGRADE – Reacting to a statement by Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosniak member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency, that the country is considering a new genocide lawsuit against Serbia, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that Izetbegovic is looking for an excuse to initiate a new spiral of violence.

“Unfortunately, I am not surprised by the news from Sarajevo. In the first statement after the announcement of (Radovan) Karadzic’s verdict, I did not even mention Bakir Izetbegovic but, in all likelihood, I was right to suspect that someone does not want reconciliation in the region but is going against 35 percent of the population of their own country and looking for any sufficient reason to initiate a spiral of political and then who knows what kind of violence,” Vucic told Politika.

Serbia’s answer is that, above all, we want peace and sincere reconciliation, rather than lawsuits and revisions of lawsuits, Vucic said.

“But unfortunately, it is evident that we do not have a partner and that some have taken all this to be an opportunity to have vengeance against the Serbs, rather than reconciliation, and that is where our view of the future differs from theirs,” Vucic concluded.