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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wounds of Yugoslav Wars haven't healed

Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolić announced on Monday that he won't be attending the ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War in Sarajevo. He implied that the Bosnian state still holds Serbia responsible for the death and destruction during Sarajevo's occupation in the Bosnian War. Europe should focus more on the open wounds inflicted during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera demands: "It is dramatic that Belgrade, which in recent years has been more interested in Europe than in the afterpains of the Yugoslav Wars, is backtracking and will stay away from the ceremony. ... The ceremony however seems to be having a more salutary effect for the European peoples than for the peoples of the Balkans. The act of commemorating the First World War is a solemn warning to remember the hopes of the Europe of this century. A Europe that unfortunately pays little heed to the wounds Sarajevo suffered at the end of the last century. ... Wounds which, as we see, are still bleeding."

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