Plenkovic and Izetbegovic discuss electoral reform and bilateral relations

NEWS 11.01.2022 09:41
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Source: Vlada RH

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and the leader of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Party of Democratic Action (SDA), Bakir Izetbegovic, on Monday met in Dubrovnik for talks on the developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the reform of the electoral processes in that country.

The Croatian prime minister wrote on Twitter that the Dubrovnik meeting was the continuation of political dialogue with the SDA leader Bakir Izetbegovic “on the improvement of the relations between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

We have expressed our satisfaction with the preparations for the next joint meeting of the Croatian government and Bosna and Herzegovina’s Council of Ministers with the implementation of the projects of common interest, such as the construction of the southern gas inter-connection being on the agenda, Plenkovic tweeted.

He added that the Dubrovnik meeting also revolved around the need to reach a political consensus on the election reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the aim of ensuring the equality for all the constituent peoples and the others and removing the blockade in the functioning of state institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Before the talks in Dubrovnik, Plenkovic told the press on Monday afternoon that meeting was “a continuation of the dialogue.”

The two officials last met in Sarajevo last month, when Plenkovic was on an official visit to Bosnia.

The Croatian PM said tonight’s meeting would address Bosnia, “the agreements between the political parties, first and foremost the institutions, the key actors, on electoral legislation reform, preparations for the election, and a strong message of support to Bosnia in terms of the Croatian government’s stand on its territorial integrity, sovereignty and the intensifying of good neighbourly relations.”

He said the focus would be “on looking for solutions as part of which the Croats, too, will be an equal constituent people, and on… the principle of legitimate representation being reflected during the election of the Presidency’s members from the Federation” entity.

After the talks, Izetbegovic, who is a deputy speaker of the upper house of Bosnia’s state bicameral parliament, said in a press release that the Dubrovnik meeting highlighted the importance of reaching a consensus on the election reform with the aim of making sure that all the constituent peoples and the others are equal and that the blockade of the functioning of the state institutions is removed.

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