TENSIONS ARE RISING IN BOSNIA




İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO- the Muslim member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, asked the highest United Nations court to reopen 2007 case that cleared Serbia of genocide.

Prosecutors in the Mladic case said they found new details about Serbia’s secret strategy behind its brutal ethnic cleansing campaign to gain more land for Serbs in Bosnia and Croatia.

In 2007, the International Court of Justice  (ICJ) ruled that Srebrenica Genocide has nothing related with Serbian government as prosecutors of the time did not find any direct links. However, the court indicated that Serbia violated the Genocide Convention because it should have prevented the genocide and punished the military commander, Ratko Miladic.

Milorad Dodik, the president of the Bosnian Serb ministate said that the request to reopen the genocide case had “closed the door for Bosnia’s perspectives and switched the lights off”. Dodik and others criticized Izetbegovic for trying to reopen the case without the consent of his Serb and Croat counterparts.

Moreover, Serbia’s Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, said that by going back to court, Izetbegovic had pushed back relations by 25 years.He said “The little trust we built over the years is now gone’’.

Serbs try to accuse Bosnian leader Izetbegovic of destroying ‘’trust’’ among three parties but it is significant to remind that in November 2016, Bosnian Serbs with the support of Russian Federation, held a controversial referendum which was not envisioned under Dayton terms, could lead to full independence or even a new association with Serbia.