Call for urgent return of US leadership in Balkans against Serbia’s threats

Bosnian-American, Albanian-American and Montenegrin-American organisations have addressed senior US officials with an open letter, warning about “Belgrade’s threats to the security of the Western Balkans” and urging for the return of US leadership in the region.

“Over the course of September 2021, we have seen an alarming and escalating sequence of threats to regional security and stability by the Belgrade-based government of Aleksandar Vucic,” the organisations warned. They expressed “grave concern and alarm” regarding the “growing militancy of the government of Serbia towards Kosovo but also “increasingly, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.”

Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of BiH’s tripartite Presidency, addressed the Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which commenced in Belgrade on Monday, where he called for the restoration of international trust and pointed out the problems that BiH is facing.

He said BiH is a protectorate of the USA, European countries, Japan and Canada, who joined together to impose their solutions on the people of BiH.

“The lack of understanding and interference of these international actors, mostly developed western-European and world powers, into internal affairs of BiH and the region, dual standards that were applied both in the 1990s and today, brought our country to the verge of breakup,” Dodik said.