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A slap in the face for Paddy Ashdown

Remember how he used to strut around the Balkans as Grand Panjandrum, UN High Representative feeling horribly pleased with himself and trying hard to look like someone in charge of the proceedings in Bosnia Herzegovina post Dayton.

Well, he left that role a while back, and sundry members of the EU's 'great and good' have been doing the same sort of thing since.

So much for the mini-history lesson. If Sarajevo daily Oslobodjenje is to be believed, the Serbs, Croats and Muslims have only gone and cooked up a provisional new deal without any help from the viceroys. My Serbo-Croat begins and ends with the all important word 'slivovitz', so I am indebted to Le Monde for an article on this development.

Details are sketchy, but the plan appears to overturn the existing partition and to replace it with three entities and a district - Sarajevo. I would presume that the Croats will get their own bit, and drop out of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Republika Srpska appears to be engaging in no more than a little land swapping in the north.

Just goes to show what folk can do on their own, doesn't it?

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Anonymous Geoff said... 12:56 pm

This is a bad idea....how much more confusing can the EuroVision Song Contest possibly get?  



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