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Biden calls for progress in Bosnia


On a visit to Sarajevo, US Vice President Joe Biden has warned that Bosnia could once again descend into violence unless its leaders heal their ethnic divisions.

14 years after the end of the conflict which claimed 100,000 lives, many still regard the country as the most unstable in the Balkans. Biden, who heads to Serbia today, also warned Belgrade that it must cooperate over Kosovo: “We do not expect Serbia anytime soon to recognise Kosovo, but we do expect Belgrade to cooperate with the European Union and other key international actors on Kosovo and to look for pragmatic solutions that will improve the lives of its people, Serb and Albanians, and avoid making them victims of political disagreements.” As a US Senator during the war in the early 90s, Biden supported the arming of Bosnian Muslims, fuelling suspicion among Bosnian Serbs who now fear Washington might seek to undermine their autonomy. Peaceful demonstrations were held in all towns across the Republika Srpksa at noon, to protest against Biden’s visit.

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