EU Ministers to Discuss Ways to Prevent Possible Breakup of Bosnia

Foreign ministers of the European Union on Monday discussed in Brussels ways to ease tensions in Bosnia and prevent the possible breakup of the Balkan country.

“There is no place in Europe for a divided Bosnia and Herzegovina. And those who work in this direction are strongly wrong,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after chairing a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers.

“The nationalist and separatist rhetoric is increasing in Bosnia and Herzegovina and jeopardizing the stability and even the integrity of the country,” Borrell added. “Ministers will have to take a decision on how to stop these dynamics in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to avoid the country [falling] apart in pieces.”

On Sunday, Borrell also expressed alarm over “centrifugal trends” in Bosnia, one day after Bosnian Croat nationalists threatened the upcoming elections and form their own region in that troubled nation.

Last month, the United States announced new sanctions against Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, who has been advocating that the Serb-run part of Bosnia should leave the rest of the country and unite with neighboring Serbia.

The U.S. accused Dodik of “corrupt activities” that threaten to destabilize the region and undermine the U.S.-brokered Dayton Peace Accord. 

“We are ready to use all the instruments available if the situation will require (it),” Borrell said, adding that the measures could involve cutting “financial assistance and restrictive measures.

Bosnia has been going through its worst political crisis since the end of the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

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