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Croatia’s President gave a hint of attack to Bosnia

I wonder how many readers saw anything in western mainstream media related to informal statement of outgoing Croatian President Stjepan Mesic – published on 19.1.2010 – which he gave during informal meeting with journalists .

Here quote:

If Milorad Dodik (head of Republica Srpska, AR) scheduled a referendum for secession of Republika Srpska from Bosnia and if I were the president…I would send the army,” and would ‘break the Bosnian Serb region in half’.

The Serbian half of Bosnia is split in two and connected by a narrow corridor that runs along the River Sava on the border with Croatia. Militarily cut off the corridor in Bosnia’s Posavina region would split Republika Srpska in two.

It is quite sensational that the president of country

  • which joined Nato 2009 and
  • is soon to be an EU member-state aims to attack neighbour country and
  • split its province
  • due that he does not like possible democratic referendum.

Sure Bosnia-Herzegovina is a quasi-state, an artificial creation of Dayton agreement, which has been administrated nearly 15 years by international community. However this kind of threads are not good for any “European perspective” (More Bosnia background e.g. in article “Bosnia Collapsing?” )

President Mesic has his office still nearly one month. Promising is that the new president – Ivo Josipovic – is not so warmongering saying in VoA interview following:

Problems must always be solved through negotiations and with the agreement of all interested parties,”.

Hopefully Croatia’s President-elected will bring more stability to Balkans and hopefully he can keep his peaceful position under pressure of Croatian Nazism. (more about Croatian elections in “Croatians voted for Change” )

Milorad Dodik said in a statement.

This is a disturbing threat by a man who started his political career with a war and now wants to end it with a war … It is a classic call to war and it is dramatic because Mesic is still president of Croatia and supreme commander of its army,” he added, calling on international community and political leaders in the region to condemn the threats “by the false peacemaker.”

Mr Dodik plans to hold a referendum on Bosnian Serbs’ support for Dayton, which he claims is under threat from western-backed efforts to strengthen Bosnia’s federal powers at the expense of its ethnic “entities”, Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation. The referendum will taken place earliest mid-February.

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6 thoughts on “Croatia’s President gave a hint of attack to Bosnia

  1. Christine says:

    Interesting pose and a very alarming issue.

    The Dayton Agreement partitioning of BiH was more of a hasty ceasefire agreement than a long-term solution. Had the international community really thought or cared about the future of Bosnia, they probably could have predicted that dividing the country into ethnic enclaves would only fuel nationalist sentiment. Mesic is trying to create controversy on his way out of office, but Dodik also frequently causes issues when he refuses to compromise. As a result of the political leaders in Bosnia and the Balkans and the irresponsibility of the international community, the children of Bosnia are growing up more segregated than generations ever before. What will it take for some sort of acceptance between the ethnic communities in Bosnia? What will happen when the international community finally loses interest and pulls out of the country?

  2. s says:

    I have to express my disappointment with the apparent pro-Serb orientation of the author of this blog. You are taking things too far out of the context, representing Mesic (who is zillions of miles away from the Nazi and fascist politics and has shown constant support of democratic and stable Bosnia and Herzegovina) as a threat to stability and almost a Nazi guy.

    The part of the story which is so overlooked here is the fascist and Nazi politics of Dodik, who has always been against an independent and unified Bosnia and Herzegovina and has been doing everything he can to destroy it from within, divide it, destroy into pieces and anex to Serbia, if there was any possible way. His supposed referendum is just an extension of his nationalistic politics drawing roots from Milosevic regime, the same regime responsible for the AGGRESSION on Bosnia and terrible crimes against humanity.

    Therefore, as a Bosnian who feels threatened by Dodik’s regime and nationalistic politics, I can only welcome public outings against him, just to let him know that there are forces who could (hypothetically) oppose him and stop him in his intentions of tearing apart Bosnia without any right whatsoever, whatever he might claim. Those outings are welcomed, but do not actually hold any real weight, being stated by a man leaving his president position and who is unlikely to have that kind of huge influence on Croatian future politics, which would turn them away from the pro-EU orientation.

    As I continue reading this blog, I sincerely hope I will find a bit more objective approach, however difficult it may seem to be regarding the complex situation we have here.

  3. It is a big disapponitment that there are only few people in todays world who have mind of their own, can read, think, judge fairly… something very difficult to do in todays programmed society! Mr S, unfortunately the only realistic thing you wrote in your comment is the last part of your last sentence “the complex situation we have here”. I would just like to repeat one of your other sentences, which I find strange to be written by somebody who should know history of his/her own country- “tearing apart Bosnia”!!! But please, Bosnia has been torn apart since begining of its history, divided between religions, cultures, languges, empires, ethinc groups… I personally think it’s about the time to draw the line and to live in peace as good neighbouring countries and even in some future, hopefully not very far one, as multicultural/ethnical/racial societies! There was that last try to make of Bosnia one united republic, and that experiment ended as one of the ugliest civil wars human history will remember… doesn’t that give us any hints for future steps!?
    When it comes to terms AGGRESSION, NACIZM, RASIZM,SHOWINIZM FASHIZM, NATIONALIZM, PATRIOTIZM etc… it would be better for our own sake not to use them to much! Because these IZMs are almost incureble infection in our region! And even though we are all infected, instead of trying to find a cure, we prefere to blame the other side for the spread of illness.
    I apsolutely agree with Christine “As a result of the political leaders in Bosnia and the Balkans and the irresponsibility of the international community, the children of Bosnia are growing up more segregated than generations ever before.” That’s all we should think about FUTURE GENERATIONS AND THEIR HAPPINESS!”

  4. Christine, i am sorry but i have to ask… what do you mean by “Dodik also frequently causes issues when he refuses to compromise”… compromise about what, people of Repubilc of Srpska want their own independent country, the right all other gropus of ex yu were granted! Serbs of Republic of Srpska are not satisfied, nor happy… just very hungry, poor, disappointed, desperate and tired… and even though to bring them to that state was the way of braking them down, they are still in big need for their freedom! because they lived on that land for a very long time, they faught for it, died for it, prayed for it and lived of it, its all they know about home and belonging, its the only roof they have, and if they cant have their say about how they want their home to be… than what is it all about!?
    on the other hand Mesic is trying to create contoversy, you said… com’mon girl… he should be more careful when playing a big guy role.
    he shouldn’t comment bosnia at all, only several decades ago croatia was part of austo-hungarian empire… all of us over there are too small to survive on our own, sooner or later we’ll all go back where we really belong… we should’t had been given Yugoslavia, a country of our own, ever! we were not capable of having it!

  5. The part of the story which is so overlooked here is the fascist and Nazi politics of Dodik, who has always been against an independent and unified Bosnia and Herzegovina and has been doing everything he can to destroy it from within, divide it, destroy into pieces and anex to Serbia, if there was any possible way. His supposed referendum is just an extension of his nationalistic politics drawing roots from Milosevic regime, the same regime responsible for the AGGRESSION on Bosnia and terrible crimes against humanity.

  6. lbertalasseigne says:

    The Dayton Agreement partitioning of BiH was more of a hasty ceasefire agreement than a long-term solution. Had the international community really thought or cared about the future of Bosnia, they probably could have predicted that dividing the country into ethnic enclaves would only fuel nationalist sentiment

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