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Bosnia and Serbia hold first session of their governments; aim to improve their relations

  • Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, centre,  accompanied by Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, left, inspect the honor guard, during an  official welcoming ceremony in Sarajevo , Bosnia, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.  Members of the Serbian Government, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic arrived in  Sarajevo to attend meetings  with Bosnian ministers  on the development of furthering relationships between the  governments of the two countries. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, centre, accompanied by Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, left, inspect the honor guard, during an official welcoming ceremony in Sarajevo , Bosnia, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Members of the Serbian Government, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Sarajevo to attend meetings with Bosnian ministers on the development of furthering relationships between the governments of the two countries. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

  • Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, accompanied by Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, inspect the honor guard, during an  official welcoming ceremony in Sarajevo , Bosnia, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.  Members of the Serbian Government, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic arrived in  Sarajevo to attend meetings  with Bosnian ministers  on the development of furthering relationships between the  governments of the two countries. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, accompanied by Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, inspect the honor guard, during an official welcoming ceremony in Sarajevo , Bosnia, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Members of the Serbian Government, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Sarajevo to attend meetings with Bosnian ministers on the development of furthering relationships between the governments of the two countries. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

  • Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, right,  accompanied by Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, left, inspect the honor guard, during an  official welcoming ceremony in Sarajevo , Bosnia, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.  Members of the Serbian Government, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic arrived in  Sarajevo to attend meetings  with Bosnian ministers  on the development of furthering relationships between the  governments of the two countries. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, right, accompanied by Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, left, inspect the honor guard, during an official welcoming ceremony in Sarajevo , Bosnia, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Members of the Serbian Government, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Sarajevo to attend meetings with Bosnian ministers on the development of furthering relationships between the governments of the two countries. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

Seeking to improve their relations and contribute to the stabilization of the Western Balkans, the Bosnian and Serbian governments are holding their first joint session since their conflict started 25 years during the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

The session on Wednesday in Sarajevo will produce cooperation agreements on finding missing persons, telecommunications, protection of cultural heritage and sustainable development.

During the 1992-95 Bosnian war that took 100,000 lives, Serbia supported the Bosnian Serbs in their quest to secede from Bosnia and join Serbia. After the war Serbia continued to support the Bosnian Serbs financially and politically for years, but now — as both countries aspire to join the EU — their interest lies in fixing their relations and improving their economies together.