After a coalition made of left-leaning multi-ethnic parties refused to join forces with the main Bosniak Party for Democratic Action (SDA), the party leadership entered negotiations with the Bosnian Croat nationalist party, the Croat Democratic Union (HDZ), on how to form a government.
The meeting went by in “a good atmosphere,” SDA leader Bakir Izetbegovic told reporters on Wednesday.
“We also spoke about priorities we need to focus on, Bosnia and Herzegovina's path toward the EU, Bosnia's path toward NATO, the swift creation of new jobs, the development of infrastructure and the halting of the trend of youth leaving the country,” he said.
Izetbegovic estimated that the House of Peoples could be formed “in the first half of next week.”
HDZ leader Dragan Covic said that cooperation between the two parties is necessary, but that the relationship between them was damaged over the past year and a half.
“We are convinced that the (EU) candidate status should have been awarded to Bosnia and Herzegovina last year,” Covic said.
He also said the parties agreed that the government should be formed “immediately and that there is no reason for anyone setting any conditions as this would harm everybody.”