bne IntelliNews – Slovenian Prime Minister denies Bosnian media reports of ‘non-paper’ on dividing Bosnia


Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, who will take the rotating EU presidency in July, on April 12 denied Bosnian media reports that he had sent an unofficial document to an EU official in which he supported the division of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian media reported that Janez Jansa handed a document containing guidelines on the “final disintegration of the former Yugoslavia” to European Council President Charles Michel in February or March this year. The Slovenian ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zorica Bukinac, was summoned by the Bosnian authorities about the case.

“The last time I met him was last year. It would be difficult to physically hand anything over to him in February or March of this year. Slovenia is seriously looking for solutions for the development of the region and the European perspective of the Western Balkans, but such reports try to prevent this goal, ”Jansa said in a tweet.

According to Politicki.ba portal, Jansa would be in favor of an exchange of territories, according to the plan disseminated in previous years by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci.

Jansa reportedly informed the European Council that one of the priorities of the Slovenian EU Presidency from July 1 this year will be to redraw the borders of the former Yugoslavia.

Jansa is also said to have raised the possibility of the secession of the entity from the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the unification of parts of Montenegro and North Macedonia [populated with ethnic Albanians] with Albania, and finally the annexation of the western part of Herzegovina to Croatia.

Another possibility of Jansa’s plan is to form three ethnic republics in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Serbia and Croatia would have close ties to their Bosnian entities, while the Bosnian republic would get a corridor to international waters, which would be protected by NATO, ”Politicki .ba wrote.

The portal noted that Jansa has long championed the concept of a greater Serbia and greater Albania in the context of the final disintegration of the former Yugoslavia under the auspices of the EU and NATO.

According to Politicki.ba, this is also supported by Hungary, Croatia and Poland, and even Austria and France would be in favor.

Slovenia 24ur reported on April 13 that there is a great possibility that the secret non-paper really exists, which was reportedly confirmed on the portal by anonymous sources, but was likely sent through diplomatic channels.

24ur also cited his sources that the document also deals with the return of former North Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski to the country, after fleeing to Budapest in 2018 to avoid a prison sentence.

According to Bosnian Politicki.ba, Slovenian President Borut Pahor may also be in favor of a territorial trade proposal in the Balkans. Bosnian Presidency member Zeljko Komsic confirmed to local media that Pahor told members of the Presidency during his recent visit to Bosnia that there was growing discussion in Europe that the disintegration of Yugoslavia must be completed. Pahor also denied the allegations.

Slovenian MEP Tanja Fajon commented in an April 13 tweet that Jansa’s irresponsible behavior, in connection with her alleged idea to “complete the plan for the peaceful disintegration of Yugoslavia”, which includes the division of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of Kosovo, could lead to a new war in the Balkans.

Fajon openly asked Jansa to explain the content of the document that Slovenia allegedly gave to the President of the European Council.

Meanwhile, the Slovenian News Agency reported that opposition Social Democrats (SD) have requested a session of the Parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee to question Prime Minister Jansa and President Borut Pahor on media reports. regarding the so-called non-paper on the potential redistribution of borders in the Western Balkans. .


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