Serb leader: NATO is not a subject of coalition with HDZ BiH

NEWS 23.10.2018 12:34
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Source: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The coalition will focus on joint interests that serve to Bosnia and Herzegovina but NATO is not one of them, said Serb leader, Milorad Dodik, commenting on the coalition plan between his Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) and the Croat Democratic Union (HDZ BiH), which he discussed with the HDZ BiH leader this weekend.

“We do not support what the HDZ (BiH) advocates about joining the NATO, there is no harmonisation on that and it is clear this won't happen without our will,” underlined Dodik.

Dodik and Covic met on Sunday in an informal meeting, to discuss forming of a coalition, which would, as Covic wrote on his Twitter account, be committed to implementation of reforms on the road to the European Union and “have a clear and harmonised approach in solving the issue of Election Law, which proved its weaknesses once again in the previous election.”

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Dodik confirmed in a statement for Serbian media he agreed with the HDZ BiH leader on the necessity to work on the Election Law changes. He added that Covic won most of the Croats’ votes in the previous election but hasn't won in the run for Bosnia's Presidency.

HDZ BiH leader was defeated by a social-democrat candidate Zeljko Komsic who, according to Covic, was elected thanks to the votes of the Bosniaks, one of the two dominant ethnic groups in Bosnia's Federation (FBiH) entity, who along with the Croats elect two members of the Presidency. The third member is elected in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska (RS), and this year the position was won by SNSD's Dodik.

Covic has been advocating for months the Election LAw changes which, as he said, would secure that one people in Bosnia do not elect representatives to other peoples in the authority.

According to the newly elected Serb member in the Presidency, the formation of authorities at the state level will last.

“On the other hand, everything is under control after the election in Republika Srpska, and I expect the authorities will be formed in the first half of December,” said Dodik, now outgoing President of RS speaking for the Srpski telegraf’ daily.