Komsic and Dzaferovic cancel visit to Serbia over arrest of BiH citizen

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Source: F.Z./N1

Serbian Ambassador to BiH Aleksandar Djordjevic refused to attend the meeting in the Presidency, to which he was invited by Chairman Zeljko Komsic. The Ambassador's secretary informed Komsic's cabinet that he did not want to come, Zeljko Komsic's cabinet told N1 Monday.

The topic of the “emergency” meeting was to be the arrest of Edin Vranj, a Bosnian citizen arrested in Priboj on Sunday whom the Serbian judiciary suspects of war crimes in Gorazde.

This is the first time since the war that an ambassador of a state in BiH refused to come to the meeting in the Presidency of BiH, N1 learned.

The Cabinet also confirmed that the departure of Zeljko Komsic, as well as Sefik Dzaferovic to the Non-Aligned Summit on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first conference of this Movement, hosted by the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, was cancelled due to all of the above.

Serbian police arrested a former high-ranking official of the Police Administration in Bosnia’s Federation (FBiH) entity, Edin Vranj, as he crossed the Serbian border on Sunday afternoon.

Vranj managed to send a text message to a journalist from the Istraga.ba portal before his mobile phone was taken away.

Later on Monday, Serbian Ambassador Djordjevic said he did not refuse to come to the meeting as Presidency member Komsic’s cabinet said earlier, but that he was invited on a far too short a notice which he could not make.

According to him, Komsic’s cabinet called the Embassy at 10 am, asking him to come to the meeting at 11am the same day, without mentioning the topic of discussion. After his secretary said he would not make it that early, the cabinet called again saying it would look bad if he did not.

“I respect the host country of BiH. I note that the manner of communication in diplomatic circles is very precise, and that I know the protocol of the BiH Foreign Ministry very well and that I implement it professionally,” Ambassador Djordjevic said.

He also notes that some web portal's allegations that he refused to attend the meeting were inaccurate, malicious and aimed at generating inconvenience towards the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Sarajevo, which, he added, are incorrect and ill-intentioned, to say the least.

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