Biden Arrives in Bosnia

Set to meet with presidency, Bosnian and Serbian leaders
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2009 7:02 AM CDT
Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden , center left, walks with Bosnian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Alkalaj, far left, and U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia Charles English, second left, upon arrival...   (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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(Newser) – Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Bosnia today, the first stop of a three-day trip aimed at demonstrating intensified US engagement in the Balkans. Biden landed in Sarajevo, where he is scheduled to meet Bosnia's three-person presidency, address parliament, and meet separately with the country's two staunchest rivals—Bosniak leader Haris Silajdzic and Milorad Dodik, head of the country's Serbs.

Biden's visit is being met with mixed feelings. Bosniaks are eager to see the US get more involved in Bosnia. But Serbs have scheduled protests to tell Washington to back off. Tomorrow, Biden will fly to Serbia, where his visit is widely viewed as a chance for a fresh start following years of strained ties. But many still view America as anti-Serb, and nationalist parties have openly opposed Biden's visit.