Croatian President: Dodik’s initiative ‘well-intentioned but unrealistic’

NEWS 30.08.2021 13:17
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Source: Zoran Milanović (N1)

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik's proposal for the presidents of Croatia, Serbia and Turkey to act as mediators in talks on Bosnia and Herzegovina's future is "well-intentioned but unrealistic" as it is opposed by the other two members of the BiH Presidency, President Zoran Milanovic said on Monday.

“Dodik’s initiative is well-intentioned – the intention is compliance with

the Dayton Agreement which is persistently violated by certain people and political camps when they accuse Croatia of a criminal enterprise,” state agency Hina cited Milanovic telling reporters in Split.

“And of the three Bosnian Presidency members, two have been doing so actively and on a daily basis,” he said, in reference to the ethnic Croat Presidency member Zeljko Komsic and the ethnic Bosniak member Sefik Dzaferovic.

Komsic, who is currently Chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, on Sunday resolutely dismissed Dodik’s proposal for the presidents of Croatia, Serbia and Turkey to join in negotiations on ways to resolve internal issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“I don’t see how the two countries that have carried out an act of aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina could today have greater international credibility than the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, the EU, UN or Russia for that matter, which witnessed the signing of the Dayton Agreement,” Komsic said in response to Dodik’s proposal.

“I do not believe that Dodik’s initiative is realistic because it requires general consensus,” Milanovic said, and added that “when someone says that you are a criminal and that you want to annex a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, that means that they do not trust you.”

“But when (the late Bosniak leader Alija) Izetbegović received the highest stage decoration from (Franjo) Tudjman, that was all right, while a few years later his successors and political partners are saying that we wanted to carve Bosnia and Herzegovina up. They should reach agreement on their own, and meanwhile they should refrain from violating the rights of the constituent peoples, primarily Croats,” Hina quoted Milanovic as saying.

Dodik’s initiative is aimed at pointing out that the current situation in Bosnia is unsustainable, said Milanovic.

“We do not need a new Dayton Agreement, we just need to respect the existing one. The Dayton Agreement has not failed, it is not respected and is violated. If it were respected, everything would be all right,” he said.

 

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