Milanovic says outvoting Croats in BiH will “come to an end”

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Source: Zoran Milanović (Fena)

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic on Tuesday said that outvoting Croats in elections for the collective Presidency and Parliament in Bosnia and Herzegovina will come to an end and that Bosniak politicians are to blame for the "misfortune in BiH"

The Bosniak member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Presidency, Sefik Dzaferovic, said on Monday that Croatian Pesident was behaving like “a rude guest in someone else's house.” Milanovic is on a working visit to BiH and stopped in Vitez and Mostar, but not the capital of Sarajevo. Dzaferovic insisted that Milanovic only came to BiH to cause problems and incidents.

“No, no. They are the cause of political instability, nervousness and misfortune in BiH. They are doing exactly what Haris Silajdzic warned about, 15 years ago when he said ‘if you continue like that, you will make the Croats abhor this country that is their homeland’,” Milanovic told reporters in Livno.

Commenting on Dzaferovic's statement that he needn't come if he was going to behave like that, Milanovic said that he was a guest in BiH to those people who welcomed him.” “My hosts are the democratic authorities and the Franciscans,” said Milanovic.

During the three-day working visit to BiH, Milanovic visited the towns mainly populated by Croats: Vitez, Ljubuski, Tomislavgrad and Livno, as well as Mostar, shared by Croats and Bosniaks. He visited the local Franciscan monasteries and said that the biggest gratitude for preserving the Croatian heritage went to the local friars.

Milanovic said that the biggest problem is the outvoting of Croats and imposing Zeljko Komsic as the Croat member of the tripartite Presidency who was voted in with Bosniak votes as well as attempts to achieve the same thing in the upper house – the House of Peoples in the country's Parliament.

“The seats designated for Croats in the House of Peoples are being taken by people who aren't Croats or are lying that they are and they are elected by another ethnic group. That is the same template as in the Presidency. The same story. And that has to come to an end,” he underscored.

Asked why then he attended an SDP BiH election rally in 2010 and supported Komsic, Milanovic said he was “tricked.”

“That isn't a change in policy but rather a policy of maturing and realising someone's false nature. I haven't changed, but they are despicable,” said Milanovic.

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