Bosnia's Komsic meets UN Secretary-General Guterres in New York

NEWS 21.09.2021 08:46
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Komšić i Guterres
Source: Komšić i Guterres (Predsjedništvo BiH)

Bosnian Presidency Chairman Zeljko Komsic met with the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres to speak about the situation in the country, on the eve of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

During the talks Chairman Komsic explained the position of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina within the framework of Euro-Atlantic integration, citing the dynamics of reforms on the path of BiH towards NATO and the European Union.
The Presidency Chairman pointed out that the neighbouring countries that were actively involved in the conflict during the war in Bosnia who “carried out aggression against the internationally recognized Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, still, unfortunately, see Bosnia and Herzegovina as war loot.”

Komsic stated that there is political opposition to the Law on Prohibition of Genocide Denial in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity and that the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite Presidency uses opposition to the Law both as a means and as an excuse for political blockades.

He stressed that some political elites in BiH seek to promote ethnic exclusivity, which is discriminatory and contrary to international and democratic standards of equality of citizens, and called for stronger UN support for the protection of fundamental human rights.

During the conversation, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pointed out that he was following political developments in BiH and the region with special attention and that he understands the seriousness and complexity of the current political situation, emphasizing that the United Nations would remain committed to supporting the country.

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