Germany Suspends Serbia Projects over Secessionist Policies

The German government has delayed €120 million ($123.3 million) worth of infrastructure projects in Bosnia’s Serb sector due to its leaders’ secessionist policies.

Christian Schmidt, an international peace envoy, in a report by Euractiv, said the measure was announced on Monday, July 4. 

Schmidt, in an interview with local N1 television, stated that he could not completely rule out the possibility that Germany may follow the lead of the United States and Britain and impose penalties against people seen to be destabilizing Bosnia.

The international peace envoy didn’t mention any name but he warned that “nobody should feel safe in this regard”.

After seeking to reverse all constitutional amendments and transfer state authority to two regions established under a peace agreement that ended the conflict, pro-Russian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has precipitated the worst political crisis in Bosnia since the end of the country’s war in the 1990s.

When the United States and Britain imposed sanctions against him and his close associates, Dodik, who represents the Serb community in Bosnia’s tripartite inter-ethnic presidency, changed his mind. 

Last month, Dodik claimed that the conflict in Ukraine and its effects have temporarily put a stop to his secessionist plans.

Schmidt’s candidacy was rejected at the UN Security Council, where Russia and China attempted but failed to stop his appointment, according to Dodik, who rejects Schmidt’s status as the global High Representative.

There have been worries that Moscow could weigh in on the Security Council’s decision to extend the mandate of the EU’s EUFOR peacekeeping force in November.

Schmidt emphasized that the international presence will continue to be present, adding that Germany was soon to authorize the deployment of its troops as part of EUFOR for the first time in ten years.


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