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By Matthew Parish

ISBN-10: 1845112768

ISBN-13: 9781845112769

Following the brutal wars which raged within the former Yugoslavia within the early Nineties, Bosnia and Herzegovina used to be awkwardly partitioned into governing entities: the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska. yet there has been one a part of the rustic that may now not be geared up into both type: the Breko District, a strategically severe land-bridge among the 2 components of the Bosnian Serb territory. This quarter was once the topic of a hugely strange scan: positioned less than a regime of the world over supervised executive, Breko grew to become a ""free city,"" evoking the reminiscence of Trieste or Danzig within the nineteenth century. What has this test in state-building printed in regards to the background of this nook of the Balkans - and its destiny? What classes should be utilized to clash solution in different elements of the realm? And used to be the test profitable or have the electorate of Breko suffered additional by the hands of the overseas neighborhood? A loose urban within the Balkans investigates the increase and fall of Breko and post-war Bosnia and investigates what classes should be realized for overseas peacekeeping missions elsewhere.

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The partition theorist need not make any comment about the desirability of 18 A FREE CITY IN THE BALKANS ethnic mixing in peaceful societies; all (s)he is committed to is saying that where relations between ethnic groups get so bad that they start killing one another, partition is the only solution. Nonetheless, to many the theory appears monstrous. It is said that it legitimises genocide and ethnic cleansing, wars of aggression and war crimes against civilians. It is also an unwelcome recipe for ‘Balkanisation’ of countries: that is to say, splitting multi-ethnic nations into a multiplicity of ethnically pure mini-states of questionable viability.

When that Assembly was established, in early 2000, there were no immediate elections; instead international officials handpicked all its members as representative of the various competing political groups. The international community also chose and appointed the mayor (the head of the District’s executive branch) and all senior government officials, who under the law were supposed to be appointed by the elected Assembly. Finally, international officials handpicked all the judges too. Thus institutions were created within a democratic legal framework, but for an unspecified interim period there would be no elections.

Finally, international officials handpicked all the judges too. Thus institutions were created within a democratic legal framework, but for an unspecified interim period there would be no elections. Once elections were held, they would fit neatly within the institutions created, and there could be reasonable continuity between the internationally appointed officials and the District’s first elected officials. The question of timing of elections was left open; a judgment call would later be made about when the new District institutions were sufficiently mature to withstand the liberalising effect of elections.

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