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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, April 11, 2013 8:56 am

Bosnian leader warns Serbia against radicalization

The Associated Press

Bosnia's top Muslim leader has warned Serbia it risks sparking new conflicts in the Balkans by denying facts about the region's past and encouraging secessionist ideas beyond its borders.

Bakir Izetbegovic, who represents Bosniak Muslims in the country's tripartite presidency, said Thursday that Serbia should finally embrace the truth about its murderous role in the Balkan wars in 1990s because "future cannot be built on lies."

"Lies provoke violence, violence provokes conflicts," Izetbegovic said.

Izetbegovic said Serbia appeared to be trying to destabilize the region, including by fuelling Bosnian Serbs' secessionist hopes, out of anger for its failure to reach a deal with its former province of Kosovo, which Serbia needed in order to begin talks on joining the European Union.