Your leader (Time for another Dayton) forgets that the international community, particularly the European Union, has lost interest in Bosnia. The High Representative’s influence has considerably diminished in recent years; Internationals have failed to contain the Republika Srpska (The Serbian entity) as it inches its way towards some sort of independence. Mostar remains a bitterly divided city – in spite of the symbolism of the restored bridge;there has been no local government since 1995. A recent survey by Mostar University shows how many Bosnian Croats want their own ‘entity’,and given the inability of many Bosniak politicians to put the interests of their country before their own, there is a worrying new development – the growth off radical Islamism which will certainly thrive in a population where 57% of young people are unemployed.
Officials from the European Union do little but publicly reprimand politicians and urge them to show ‘leadership’.
But the recent protests offer some new possibilities – particularly among a younger generation who are weary of the old nationalisms. Some NGO.s are calling for a national dialogue . If politicians and internationals can’t or won’t wake up then it will be up to these NGO’s to take a lead in refashioning Bosnia’s future – and the least the EU should do is to make funding available at once for such an initiative.
The Revd Donald Reeves,
Director the Soul of Europe.