US Vice President Joe Biden has launched a new diplomatic drive in the Balkans with a visit to Bosnia, where political tensions appear to be rising again. It is still plagued by instability and ethnic division 14 years after a war the US helped end.
Diplomats are concerned about recent Bosnian-Serb demands for the international community to relinquish some of the powers it retains over the country. There are deep differences between the Bosnian Serbs and the Muslim-Croat federation on remaining an ethnically divided nation.
One man in Sarajevo said he wished the US would run the country, reflecting popular exasperation with the political situation.
Painful memories of the 1992 to 1995 war continue to haunt many Bosnians, and fuel mutual hostility. Last week Muslims buried the remains of 33 people killed by Bosnian Serb forces early in the conflict. Bodies are still being found in mass graves.
Biden visits Bosnia to bolster stability