BRUSSELS – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will travel to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), on Tuesday to meet with Bosnian Muslim leader Bakir Izetbegovic in an effort to defuse recent tensions, and has also announced that he may make a similar trip to Croatia in the coming weeks, the Politico portal reported on Monday.
“The stability of the region is something we need to take care of and we need to understand each other more and better,” Vucic told the portal.
Recent war trial verdicts at The Hague have left the environment more volatile than it had been in years, Vucic said.
“My biggest worry is the situation in Bosnia,” said Vucic, who added that growing political extremism in the Balkans threatens the stability of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the region.
“Who knows what spark might ignite Bosnia?” Vucic said.
Vucic’s comments come less than two weeks before the Serbian elections and will be seen by some as intended to present him as the “sole voice of reason in the fractious region,” the portal said.
“Since (mid) March it has looked from time to time as though we were back in the 1990s. The only important topics here were the Karadzic verdict, the Bosnia-Serbia relationship, the Serbia-Croatia relationship and when were we going to start with real conciliation. It is a kind of time machine,” Vucic said.