The US is promising further commitment in Bosnia and the Balkans. Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Sarajevo, 14 years after the end of Europe’s worst conflict since World War Two.
He says he is hoping to bolster a country that remains badly divided. Speaking after his arrival Biden said: “The only real path, in our administration’s view, to a secure and prosperous future for this country, is to join Europe as Bosnia-Herzegovina. Right now you are off that path. When you get back on that path you need to work across ethnic and party lines, so that your country functions like a real country.” The country remains divided between its two former enemies: the Bosnian Serbs and the Muslim-Croat federation. The US was behind the brokering of a 1995 peace deal that ended a war that left more than 100,000 people dead. But not everyone in the country welcomes US involvement: Bosnian Serb war veterans have staged a protest, telling Washington to stay out of Bosnian affairs. Biden will also visit Serbia and Kosovo.