The United States rejects the “Serbian world” advocated by the Serbian minister


BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A senior Serbian minister on Monday advocated the creation of a “Serbian world” that would unite all Balkan Serbs into one state, dismissing a U.S. warning that such calls could fuel tensions in the still unstable country. region shaken by bloody wars in the 1990s.

“I dream of the unification of Serbs, as all my ancestors dreamed of,” said Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin. “I know that one day it will be over, peacefully, without violence or conflict.”

He was responding to a statement released by the US Embassy in Belgrade on Monday that such “comments by the Interior Minister on the unification of all Serbs in one state are not in accordance with the agreement of Dayton and contradict the integration of Serbia in European structures.

The US-sponsored Dayton Peace Accord in 1995 ended a bloody war in Bosnia that killed more than 100,000 people and left millions homeless. But it has also left Bosnia divided into a fragile federation that connects an area ruled by Bosnian Serbs to another ruled by Bosniaks and Croats. Bosnian Serb leaders openly want to leave this unity government and join neighboring Serbia.

The U.S. Embassy was reacting to Vulin’s earlier interview with the government-controlled daily Politika in which he said “the only way for the Balkans to remain stable is for Serbs to live in one state.”

Serbs are widely blamed for triggering the bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s under a nationalist call to create “Greater Serbia”, the unification of all the Balkan lands where Serbs live with the Serbia.

The call for the “Serbian world” is a copy of Moscow’s “Russian world” demand for the creation of another Soviet Union or a Russian empire under Moscow’s control that would also include Ukraine.

Although officially applying for European Union membership, Serbia, Russia’s traditional ally, has refused to join Western sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

A fervent pro-Russian, Vulin has been advocating the “Serbian world” for some time. Analysts believe he only said openly what autocratic Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is reluctant to say publicly, fearing possible Western political backlash and isolation.


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