19:18 / 08.03.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

President downplays tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina



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The increased presence of the European Union peacekeeping force (EUFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina should not be given special attention because there is no possibility of the situation there escalating into an armed conflict, Croatian President Zoran Milanović said on Tuesday.

Last week, the EU increased its military presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina to 1,100 personnel by sending reserves from Austria, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia to prevent potential instability following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Milanović, the Supreme Commander of the Croatian Armed Forces, said the increased presence was simply a reaction to the horrors of war, but did not attach particular importance to it.

"I think there is no way the situation will escalate into an armed conflict," said the president.

Milanović downplayed calls by the Serb member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's presidency, Milorad Dodik, for the secession of the Republika Srpska entity from Bosnia and Herzegovina; saying that "political rhetoric" was one thing, while the actual goal was another.

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