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Erdogan travels to Balkans as tensions rise between former Yugoslav states

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s trip to Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia comes as ethnic rivalries bristle 30 years after the war.
(From L-R) Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (3rd-L) and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) attend a meeting with members of Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite presidency Sefik Dzaferovic (3rd-R), Milorad Dodik (2nd-L) and Zeljko Komsic (2nd R) and Bosnian Security Minister Selmo Cikotic (R) in Sarajevo on Sept. 6, 2022.

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off on a three-day Balkans tour on Tuesday to try to mediate a crisis that threatens fresh conflict among former Yugoslav states. 

Erdogan’s first stop was in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where politicians from the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska — one of two political entities that make up the country — have made calls from the enclave to run its own affairs and form an army. 

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