The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia called on the Serbian President to keep a distance from the recent controversial remarks made by the Serbian Minister of the Interior calling for “uniting the Serbian world”.
“The task of this generation of politicians is to form a Serbian world that unites Serbs wherever they live,” Serbian Interior Minister Alexander Vulin said at a meeting celebrating the anniversary of the socialist movement on Sunday.
“To form a’Serbian World’, Serbia needs to be economically successful, lead well, and have an army that can protect Serbia and Serbs, no matter where they live,” Vulin said.
Serbian President Alexander Vucic also attended the meeting.
Late on Sunday night, Vulin reiterated on the Serbian broadcaster Pink TV that he believed that all Serbs should be united under one country, the Serbian news website Danas ReportHe said that in order to build political unity, all Serbs need to unite and respect Belgrade’s decision.
Many people in the region found his remarks shocking because previous attempts to “unify the Serbs” led to wars and conflicts.
In response to Monday’s controversial remarks, Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic called on Vucic to reprimand Wu Lin.
president @avucic Need to be strong
Reprimanded his minister, Vulin, for his recent remarks. Failure to do so indicates that Serbia supports the policy of undermining the Dayton Peace Agreement, which is an ominous threat to the aggression and genocide 26 years ago!
-Bisera Turkovic (@BiseraTurkovic) July 19, 2022
Turkovic wrote on Twitter: “Failure to do so will only confirm that Serbia’s official national policy is to undermine the Dayton Peace Agreement and the goal is to incorporate parts of Bosnia into Serbia.”
“[It’s] An ominous threat to Bosnia and Herzegovina, which suffered aggression and genocide 26 years ago! “Turkovic wrote on Twitter.
From 1992 to 1995, with the financial and political support of Serbia, Serb forces and Serbian paramilitary forces led an “ethnic cleansing” campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the goal of establishing a “Greater Serbia”.
In July 1995, according to the decision of the International Court of Justice, these attacks resulted in a genocide against Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica.
The Dayton Peace Agreement signed in December 1995 formally ended the war, but they divided Bosnia into two entities-the Federation led by Bosnia and Croatia and the Serbian Republic led by the Serbs.
Today, most Serbs live in the Bosnian Serb Republic entity. The Republika Srpska borders Serbia to the east.
“Such remarks led the Serbian president to issue a statement claiming that Serbia wants peace and good-neighborly friendship with Bosnia,” Turkovic said.
At the meeting, Wulin also stated that it is important to support Vucic “to protect this Serbia” in the next election, because “no one else should be the president of all citizens of Serbia and all Serbs.”
Many politicians condemned Wu Lin’s remarks, including Vojslav Jankovic, a member of the main board of the Serbian Democratic Party.
The “Serbian World” policy is a continuation of the disastrous policies of the 1990s. This policy has led to the destruction of the country, society and countless family tragedies.
The abuse of national sentiments for pre-election purposes is the shameful political motherland of this regime.https://t.co/ntobPg4oq5
-Vojislav Jankovic (@VojislavJankovi) July 18, 2022
“The policy of the’Serbian World’ is a continuation of the disastrous policy of the 1990s. This policy has led to the tragedy of the country, society and countless families,” Jankovic wrote on Twitter.
“The abuse of national sentiments for pre-election purposes is the shameful political basis of this regime.”
Predrag Boskovic, a parliamentarian from neighboring Montenegro, wrote on Twitter: “Unfortunately, [Serbia’s] The neighbors felt the consequences of this kind of politics in the cruelest way-through huge casualties, material destruction, and an economy that lags behind modern civilization. “
Whenever she has such a policy, she will become smaller, poorer, and more isolated. Unfortunately, through the huge human sacrifices, material destruction and economic backwardness of modern civilization, all neighboring countries have felt the consequences of this policy in the cruelest way. pic.twitter.com/i6MazL7POf
-Predrag Boskovic (@pedjabosskovic) July 19, 2022
Ivan Vukovic, the mayor of Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, quoted Wu Lin’s comments on strengthening the army and wrote on Twitter: “The Serbian Police Minister publicly threatened.
“Reaction?” Vukovic asked, tagging the official Twitter account of the Montenegrin government.
Bosnian political scientist Jasmin Mujanovic referred to Vulin’s call for the “Serbian world” as the “Greater Serbia” ideology of reactivating former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
Mujanovic said on Twitter: “It is now the official foreign policy of Serbia.”
Serbia’s provocative interior minister reiterated that Belgrade’s “generational” goal is “the unity of all Serbs”. That is to restart Milosevic’s “Greater Serbia” as “Serbian World”. Irredentism is now Serbia’s official foreign policy. https://t.co/hY5RBE9Zci
-Jasmin Mujanovic (@JasminMuj) July 18, 2022
Late Monday, the Bosnian website Klix reported that Vulin had responded to Turkovic, stating that Serbia would unite “peacefully…subject to conditions” and compare it to German unification.
He called on Turkovic to keep his distance from the statements made by two Bosnian politicians with his party, stating that they would recognize the Kosovo state.