Serbian president postpones Bosnia visit

Member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency had opposed trip over arrest in Switzerland of former Bosnian Muslim soldier, wanted for war crimes by Serbia

Serbian president postpones Bosnia visit

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has cancelled his visit to Bosnia, which was scheduled for Tuesday, according to a statement from Serbian Presidency.

The Bosniak member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency Bakir Izetbegovic had opposed the trip over the arrest last Wednesday in the Swiss capital Bern of a former Bosnian Muslim soldier, Naser Oric, wanted for war crimes by Serbia.

"Considerable attention is paid to nurturing quality relationships with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The demand of Bosnian Presidency member Bakir Izetbegovic to postpone Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic's visit will not change the good intentions of Serbia to all citizens," said the statement.

Naser Oric was a commander of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1995. He is wanted by Serbia for war crimes committed in 1992 near Sarajevo, where nine ethnic Serbs were killed.

"I demand to postpone the [Nikolic's] visit and do not realize it until the return of Mr. Oric to Bosnia and Herzegovina," said Izetbegovic Monday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Haziran 2015, 09:45