Serbian president to pay first official visit to Sarajevo

Serbian President Boris Tadic will pay an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital of Sarajevo on July 6, Serbian media reported on Thursday.

This will be a first official visit to Sarajevo by a Serbian president since the break up of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Bosnian conflict in 1992-1995.

Serbian news agency SRNA said Tadic is due to meet with Bosnian political leaders and discuss bilateral issues and issues of European integration.

Tadic last visited his native city of Sarajevo in May 2010. Before his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tadic will go to Montenegro.

Relations between the countries that broke from Yugoslavia with varying degrees of bloodshed in the 1990s are still tense over the events of the time.

Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic is standing trial in The Hague on charges of ordering the genocide of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims during the 1992-95 Bosnian War. He is believed to have ordered a massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995, Europe’s worst single atrocity since World War II. He was arrested in Serbia on May 26 after 16 years on the run.

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