Bosnia and Herzegovina will not fall apart, but it will also not become a functional state as it is deeply divided within, wartime member of Bosnia’s Presidency and former leader of the Croat Democratic Union (HDZ BiH) in the country, Stjepan Kljuic, told N1 on Wednesday.
Kljuic commented on the idea of a “peaceful separation” of Bosnia’s two semi-autonomous entities, the Serb-majority Republika Srpska (RS) and the Federation (FBiH), shared mostly between Bosniaks and Croats.
Although political leadership in the RS, most notably the leader of the ruling party in the entity and current Chairman of Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency, Milorad Dodik, has been advocating for the RS to secede for years, the topic of a “peaceful separation” has come into focus following the publication of a controversial non-paper which proposes redrawing borders in the Western Balkans.
The international community would not allow the country to fall apart “the way Dodik wants it,” Kljujic said, but added that Bosnia will remain “handicapped in regard to everything in the region,” adding that this is the reason that so many people are leaving the country.
According to Kljuic, Dodik is “impatient” and “wants fame.”
“But fame is relative,” he noted, arguing that former wartime RS President Radovan Karadzic, who was convicted of war crimes and is now serving life in prison “was the most famous of all.”
“Nobody will touch Bosnia, but it is internally divided and robbed. Bosnia has been betrayed from within,” Kljuic said.
“The internal enemies are immoral, they steal and they have no dignity,” he said, arguing that it is “the tragedy of Bosnia and Herzegovina” is that officials are never punished for their crimes.
Kljuic said that the counterintelligence service of the Yugoslav People's Army, KOS, is still active in some ways.
“There are these older generations, but there are also their children. They are interconnected, it’s a clan,” he said.