A second round of reform talks on the future of Bosnia is underway in Sarajevo, despite opposition to a package of proposed changes from all sides.
Diplomats were greeted with derision by demonstrators outside the military base where the talks are taking place. EU and American envoys are attempting to broker a deal to end Bosnia’s status as an international protectorate and make constitutional changes to speed up intergration with the rest of Europe. Bosnian Serbs believe the proposed reforms are too radical. Bosnian Muslims believe they’re inadequate. Haris Silajdzic is the Bosnian member of the country’s tri-partite presidency. “First of all, I’ve said that we were here because we haven’t fulfilled the Dayton Peace agreement, because we were selective about what to implement. That’s why we are here today and that’s why we have the current situation,” he said. The Dayton peace accords created two autonomous regions, the Muslim-Croat Federation and Republika Srpska, the Serb heartland. Separatist Serbs fear an erosion of their autonomy and are threatening to hold a referendum on secession from Bosnia. Analysts say without an agreement on reforms Bosnia is facing increasing isolation.