Bosnian Foreign Minister meets US special envoy for Western Balkans

NEWS 04.09.2019 08:39
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Source: N1

Bosnian Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak on Tuesday met Matthew Palmer, the US special representative for the Western Balkans, saying afterwards that the US administration insisted on the formation of government in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that the Annual National Programme did not represent the NATO membership.

“America wants that government to be formed at all levels as soon as possible, that the strengthening of institutions and the rule of law continue, and that one should clearly understand that the ANP does not mean membership and that NATO membership is not being decided now,” Crnadak said via Facebook.

The ANP is a precondition for the activation of Bosnia's Membership Action Plan (MAP) for NATO after the Alliance approved its activation for the country. But, even though Bosnia adopted a number of laws and regulations saying it will fulfil all the preconditions for the MAP, Bosnian Serbs stand against it.

Crnadak talked with Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer on the fringes of the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia.

Palmer said the Kosovo issue remained the most important one in the region but that he would be engaged in Bosnia.

“Washington and Palmer, as the US special representative, will be very present and interested in support for reforms in BiH to continue,” Crnadak said in his post.