Serbian nationalists ratchet up rhetoric on Bosnia as decision on Kosovo’s fate looms

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Facing a possible loss of Kosovo, Serbian nationalists are reigniting tensions in the Balkans, sending out dark hints about coming to the aid of their Serb brethren in Bosnia — a prospect that could unleash a new wave of ethnic violence of the kind that swept through the region in the 1990s.The followers of late President Slobodan Milosevic have gone even further, saying that if Serbia’s breakaway Kosovo province becomes independent, Serbia should respond by recognizing the Republika Srpska — the Bosnian Serb-controlled half of Bosnia.

…Nikolic added that if secessionist Kosovo Albanians declare independence as expected in December, Serbia must sever diplomatic ties with the West and impose an economic blockade on Kosovo…Kosovo’s fate is currently being negotiated at internationally brokered talks, which have been deadlocked because of the deeply opposing stands of Serbia, which wants to at least formally keep the province within its borders, and Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority, which wants nothing short of independence….U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his support for Lajcak’s measures and said in a statement that he “is concerned about recent political developments” in Bosnia.

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