Presidency Chairman: Izetbegovic and Covic to meet Plenkovic as party leaders

NEWS 28.09.2020 18:55
Source: N1

Bosnian Presidency Chairman Sefik Dzaferovic told N1 that the Tuesday meeting the Bosniak and Croat leader Bakir Izetbegovic and Dragan Covic with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic in Zagreb was a meeting of party leaders, not representatives of Bosnia's institution.

“I see it as a meeting of party leaders. If so, and it is so, then the meeting is not harmful to Bosnian institutions. What happened earlier, Croatian President inviting one Presidency member and bypassing the Chairman and the institution of the Presidency, that was harmful to Bosnian institutions,” Dzaferovic said.

He noted that it is necessary to talk and seek solutions and that all talks and agreements at the political or party level, must go through the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Presidency.

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“The best thing would be if we had had a meeting of the Presidencies. The policy of holding talks with national leaders, and we do not have the title of national leader, is something that is not good and such was the meeting with (Serb presidency member Milorad) Dodik because the Presidency was directly bypassed,” Dzaferovic said.

Commenting on Plenković’s address during the session of the UN General Assembly, at which he called for a revision of the Dayton Peace Agreement’s achievements and changes to it, Dzaferovic said that changes to the Dayton Constitution are “an internal issue of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

“Serbia and Croatia are signatories to the Agreement and they have only one obligation because they both participated in the aggression on Bosnia which is why they are signatories, and that is to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina and not to take any action to threaten it. It is written in our Constitution that changes can be made with a 2/3 majority in the state Parliament. They need to let us do our job, it is very important that Croatia and Bosnia have the best possible relations because a friendly relationship goes beyond all possible open issues we have – which are many,” said Dzaferovic.

The Dayton Peace Agreement ended the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and parts of it represent the country’s Constitution.