Serb Unity Day Triggers Worries Across the Balkans | World News

By DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia kicked off a brand new nationwide vacation on Wednesday with a show of army energy and requires all Serbs in the Balkans to unite underneath one flag, triggering unease amongst its neighbors a long time after comparable calls led to the bloody wars in the Nineteen Nineties.

Serbs have been advised to show 1000’s of crimson, blue and white nationwide flags wherever they reside in the area or the world to mark “The Day of Serb Unity, Freedom and the National Flag.”

Opening the full day of celebrations, Serbia’s populist President Aleksandar Vucic inspected army {hardware} displayed in a Belgrade park, praising the military’s readiness to reply to outdoors threats.

He mentioned that the military is “five times stronger” than only some years in the past and introduced new army purchases.

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The flexing of muscle tissues by Serbian officers in addition to their requires the creation of the “Serb World,” or political unification of an estimated 1.3 million Serbs who reside in Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Croatia with Serbia, have triggered worries in the neighboring states.

In the Nineteen Nineties, Serb forces with monetary and political help from Belgrade led bloody campaigns in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo with the purpose of forming a “Greater Serbia.” The marketing campaign unsuccessfully tried to redraw the inner borders of former Yugoslavia and create a single Serb state.

The renewed requires pan-Serb unity have additional raised tensions in the Balkans.

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic mentioned he couldn’t “believe that Serbs have nothing more important or smarter to do” than create holidays which infringe on the inner affairs of neighboring states.

Serbia’s Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin, the most vocal supporter of the “Serb World,” was fast to reply.

“There is nothing more important than the preservation of the Serb identity,” he mentioned.

The new nationwide vacation coincides with the day when the Royal Serbian military along with French troops defeated Axis forces in a well-known World War I battle in northern Greece in 1918.

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