SDA leader Bakir Izetbegovic on Thursday said the danger of the Greater Serbia project in the Balkans has not ended and that cooperation between the Bosniaks and Croats is essential to prevent it, but that it doesn't exist as HDZ BiH party has decided to cooperate with Banja Luka and Belgrade.
Addressing a special meeting of the main committee of the Party for Democratic Action (SDA) in Sarajevo on the 32nd anniversary of the party's establishment, Izetbegovic said that the idea of a Greater Serbia has continued to live in the “Serbian World” project constructed in Belgrade as a version of the “Russian World” as imagined by Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
Separatism and attempts to destroy BiH as conducted by the Serb member of the Presidency, Milorad Dodik, is a constituent part of that scenario, underscored Izetbegovic.
A logical response in the fight against that Greater Serbia project, Izetbegovic said, would be cooperation with the “Croat factor,” in BiH and with Croatia because whenever that cooperation existed, the situation in BiH stabilised in everyone's favour.
That is not succeeding with the incumbent leader of the HDZ BiH, Dragan Čovic, because, Izetbegovic said, the largest Croat party in BiH has decided to achieve its political objectives by pressuring Bosniaks and cooperating with Dodik, as well as creating Serb-Croat collusion that includes Zagreb and Belgrade while flirting with Russia, undermining the position of the High Representative to BiH and weakening the international factor which is stabilising the situation in BiH.
Izetbegovic said that SDA will not and cannot agree to any amendments to the election law that would bolster discrimination of BiH citizens, dividing them into legitimate and illegitimate ones, and that would “create a two-third majority rule of ethnocentric Serb and Croat parties” over the Bosniaks.