Bosnian presidency official expected in Belgrade

Serbian President Boris Tadić will meet on Tuesday in Belgrade with Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency official Haris Silajdžić.

This will be the Bosnian Muslim politician’s first visit to Belgrade since the war in Bosnia began in 1992.

Silajdžić announced last week that succession and the fate of the property of Bosnian companies, as well as the case of convicted war criminal Ilija Jurišić, would be the main topics of discussion during his visit to Belgrade.

Jurišić was convicted and sentenced in Belgrade to 12 years of prison for the attack on a retreating Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) convoy in Tuzla in May 1992.

Bosnian Serb republic, RS, officials claim that Silajdžić cannot represent official stances of Bosnia during his visit to Belgrade, but only himself, and say the visit will not help contribute to better regional relations.

Tadić said in RS on Friday that Silajdžić would come to Belgrade “in a working but unofficial visit” and that “Serbia is continuing its regional cooperation”.

Silajdžić and Tadić will meet again on May 29 in Sarajevo, at the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Igman Initiative, which Croatian and Montenegrin Presidents Ivo Jospipović and Filip Vujanović are also expected to attend.

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