Hina: Komsic calls EU-Western Balkans summit ‘good compromise,’ Dodik differs

NEWS 07.10.2021 12:35
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"The most senior Bosnia and Herzegovina officials differ in their views of the outcome of the EU-Western Balkans summit held in Slovenia on Wednesday, with Bosnia's Presidency Serb member Milorad Dodik being the most radical in his assessments, claiming the summit will only contribute to Bosnia's break-up," Croatian state agency Hina summarized the summit in their report on Thursday.

“Bosnia’s Presidency Chairman Zeljko Komsic, who contrary to previous practice, when all three Presidency members attended such events, was the country’s only representative at the summit held in Brdo pri Kranju, said that he considered the event a compromise solution reconciling Western Balkan countries’ expectations to be given a clear timeframe for accession to the EU and the views of those EU countries, like France, that are in principle opposed to further enlargement until the EU consolidates,” Hina said.

Speaking in an interview with the Federation BiH state television, Komsic said that “it should be clear” that Western Balkan countries were “objectively not ready for EU membership.”

He said that the Slovenia summit “had removed doubts as to whether countries in the region should focus on mutually connecting through the Berlin Process, which is strongly supported by Germany, of through the Open Balkan initiative, which is supported by Serbia.”

The fact that the EU plans to set aside €30 billion to support projects within the Berlin Process while offering “zero euros” for the Open Balkan, is for Komsic a clear indicator what Bosnia and Herzegovina should treat as a priority, Hina said.

As for neighbouring countries’ attitude towards Bosnia, Komsic said that he “did not like” hearing Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic saying after talks with Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic that Serbia and Croatia “agree 90% on BiH.”

“I can say that (Slobodan) Milosevic and (Franjo) Tudjman agreed 90% on Bosnia and we know how it ended. What is the 10 percent they do not agree on? It seems that Bosnia, even though we have thought that that time has passed, has for the third or fourth decade been the main course on Zagreb’s and Belgrade’s menu. That is certainly not something that is good for us in Bosnia and Herzegovina but it is not good for Zagreb or Belgrade either,” Hina quoted Komsic as saying.

Dodik, who “strongly supports” Bosnia’s membership of the Open Balkan project, “was angered by the fact that the invitation to the Slovenia summit was sent directly to Komsic and not to the other two Presidency members as well,” Hina said.

In an interview with the ATV broadcaster, he said that in that way the EU “was contributing to dis-integrative processes in the country.”

“Dodik is equally angry at the USA, the EU and the UN, because their officials either ignore or strongly condemn his policy of secessionism,” Hina said.

He was “additionally angered” by the fact that the European Court of Human Rights had appointed a new judge to serve on Bosnia’s Constitutional Court, Ledi Biancu, an Albanian  who was a judge at the European Court of Human Rights and is a professor at the University of Strasbourg, Hina said.

Bosnia’s Constitutional Court consists of three foreign judges and three judges each from the Bosnia’s three so-called constituent peoples. “Dodik has been campaigning for years for the removal of foreign judges and he enjoys the support of the Croat HDZ BiH party in that regard,” Hina explained.

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