Bosnia has inaugurated its new three member presidency, with the country’s leaders appearing divided over the nation’s future role in the EU and NATO.
Fifteen years after a bloody ethnic war sparked the break-up of Yugoslavia, the presidents’ laid out their separate visions.
At a ceremony in Sarajevo, the country’s Bosnian Serb president Nebojsa Radmanovic called for patience before joining both organisations.
‘‘Europe should give us advice and help us, and offer us multiple solutions which fulfil European standards, and not impose final solutions and then arbitrate between us,’‘ Radmanovic said.
But, Bosnia’s Bosniak president Bakir Izetbegovic said:’‘All of us in the region are interested in progress towards membership of the European Union and there will be no progress without true regional cooperation between the countries which share mutual borders.’‘
Unlike their Serb counterpart, Bosnia’s Bosniak and Croat leaders believe the country should progress toward EU and NATO membership immediately.
However, Brussels has made reform of the Balkan nation’s government a key condition of entry.