The unofficial EU diplomatic message that Reuters saw about drawing a new border line along ethnic lines in the Western Balkans has raised anxiety and distress in Bosnia, which has sparked an unexpected shift in strategy. Of the European Union
The document was first leaked to Slovenian media and cited Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Jansa, reportedly sent to European Council President Charles Michel as a proposal to deal with the region after. In Slovenia took the president of the European Union in July.
But Janza has denied delivering the documents and accuses “fake media” of trying to harm Slovenia’s efforts to help integrate the Western Balkans into a wealthy group.
The European Union did not comment. But a Brussels diplomat told Reuters that EU member states had not discussed the document.
Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the diplomatic record, although it was published on EU channels and several EU diplomats and officials saw it.
The document states that the main obstacle to the faster Balkan EU integration is the unresolved national issue of Serbcote and Albanians, which should be addressed by creating Serbia, Greater Albania, and Greater Croatia
The document proposes that Bosnia’s autonomous Serb Republic will join Serbia, the Croatian-ruled Bosnian state with Croatia and Kosovo will merge with Albania.
“We have never seen a proposal, if it exists,” a Bulgarian EU spokesman in Brussels told Reuters.
Such diplomatic records are common in EU policy-making. Although they are not public But EU countries are generally willing to claim ownership if they are the authors.
In Bosnia, where 100,000 people were killed in nearly four years of war in the 1990s, when Serbs and Croats attempted to create their own ethnic state, the record was considered a threat. New to territorial unity, this time by some EU member states
Sefik Dzaferovic, a member of the Bosnian presidency among Bosnian three ethnic groups, told Michelle in a letter on Friday that the document had caused instability and suffering in Bosnia, which the Serbs in Bosnia had been talking to. Over the years involved separating their region from Bosnia.
Dzaferovic urged Michel to immediately halt any initiatives that could bring about a new war in the region.
The EU delegation in Bosnia tried to calm the situation, saying in a statement. “The EU is clearly committed to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity … this is our company … and its unwavering position.”
German European Minister Michael Roth wrote on Twitter on Friday: “Countries in #WesternBalkans There is a future, only a rich and diverse society, regional reconciliation and cooperation are the keys to peace, democracy and prosperity, drawing new frontiers a dangerous path.
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