PM Plenkovic: Bosnia’s crisis should be solved through ‘talks and agreements’

NEWS 13.12.2021 17:43
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Source: N1/F.Z.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday the crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina should be solved through talks and agreements based on the Dayton peace agreement which, he added, would defuse tensions and ensure equal rights for all its inhabitants.

He was speaking to the press in Sarajevo after meeting with the leaders of both houses of the BiH parliament, including HDZ BiH party president Dragan Covic and SDA president Bakir Izetbegovic.

Plenkovic said that as a friendly country with great respect for BiH, Croatia wants to advance cooperation through political dialogue in order to support reforms leading to EU membership and to help BiH catch up with its neighbours on the EU journey.

He said Croatia would like electoral law changes to satisfy all three constituent peoples and for Croats, as the smallest people, to be equal.

If such changes were made, Plenkovic said, the relations within the Federation entity would relax and “the gentlemen’s agreement between Bosniaks and Croats” would contribute to better relations with the Serbs and all government bodies would start functioning.

The European reform processes could resume as soon as the current crisis ended, he added.

Responsibility for such an agreement is solely on the political parties in BiH and its institutions, he said, adding that it is necessary to have a feeling for nuance and reality.

“Izetbegovic understands that too. There are different models and solutions, but it’s important to keep the letter and spirit of Dayton which, until 2006, was never in question,” Plenkovic said, implying that the election of Zeljko Komsic to the BiH Presidency has undermined the substance of the peace agreement.

Responding to questions from the press, Plenkovic said that as far as he knew, EU bodies were not preparing to deploy European troops in BiH, and that this was rather the stand of some MEPs.

The stand in the EU is to condemn all actions leading to new tensions in BiH and that the Dayton agreement must be honoured, he added.

It was Greens MEP Thomas Waitz who said in Sarajevo that the EU stood ready to deploy up to 6,000 troops in case the crisis escalated.

His colleague Romeo Franz, head of the European Parliament delegation on relations with BiH, said today this body was following with great concern the secessionist threats coming from the Bosnian Serb entity.

That poses a big danger to peace in BiH as well as all of Europe, he told the press after meeting with BiH MPs which was not attended by those from the Serb entity, who refuse to communicate with Greens representatives.

Franz said their group expects High Representative Christian Schmidt to react if necessary by using his broad powers, adding that he will insist in the European Parliament on urgent sanctions against all those in BiH who jeopardise its peace and stability.

After talks with representatives of the executive and legislative branches, the Croatian prime minister laid a wreath at the monument to the first victims of the siege of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 war.

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