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East and West will divide over new Bosnian viceroy

Monday, June 21, 2021

Significance

The summit’s avowed aim was to renew the EU-US ‘Transatlantic partnership’, including committing to upholding the international rules-based order built around the UN. It called for cooperation with Russia in areas of common interest despite its repeated “negative behaviour”. Such strains include Russia’s opposition to appointing a new high representative for Bosnia.

Impacts

  • Vucic’s call for regular reports from the high representative recognises his legitimacy while asserting Serbian interest in BiH.
  • Croatian President Zoran Milanovic’s support for the 1995 Dayton agreement weakens outside backing for Bosnian Croat separatism.
  • The World Bank has left its growth forecast for BiH unchanged from January, provided vaccine roll-out accelerates.

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