Bosnian and Serbian Governments held first joint session post-Bosnian War in Saravejo

158

Who: Bosnian and Serbian Governments
Where: In Saravejo
What: Held first joint session post-Bosnian War
When: 4 November 2015

Bosnian and Serbian governments on 4 November 2015 held their joint session in Saravejo. The joint session was the first since the end of the Bosnian War in 1995.

The aim of the session was to improve their relations and contribute to the stabilization of the Western Balkans.

During the joint session, the two governments signed cooperation agreements on finding missing persons, telecommunications, protection of cultural heritage and sustainable development.

After the session, Bosnia’s Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said there will be more sessions like this. This is a good pattern.

Background
Both the countries fought Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995 after the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991. In the war about one lakh people were killed and it continues to cast a shadow over the relations between both the countries.

During the conflict, Serbia supported the Bosnian Serbs in their quest to secede from Bosnia and join Serbia.

After the war, Bosnia was established as a federal state consisting of two largely autonomous entities, the Muslim-Croat Federation and the largely ethnic Serbian Republika Srpska.