On Tuesday, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman voiced hope that, with EU help, BiH would begin accommodating illegal migrants in camps at the country’s gates, preventing their placement throughout BiH. Due to the long border between the two countries, the minister believes that Croatia’s security and stability could be endangered.
“We are not in favor of settling migrants all over BiH, because that would also burden the state of BiH and its capacities. “Croatia shares a 1,000km border with BiH and thus the security of the Republic of Croatia could be endangered,” Gordan Grlić Radman said during his visit to Mostar.
He explained that Croatia proposed that all European Union financial resources be directed at strengthening BiH ‘s institutional capacity.
“Instead of the current camps, they should be located at border entry points, because that would make it easier to manage the migration crisis with the help of EU institutions,” the Croatian minister said.
The largest number of migrants in BiH is located in the canton of Una-Sana, which borders Croatia, and in the canton of Sarajevo. All migrants try to cross the Croatian border illegally and continue on to European Union countries.
Minister Grlić Radman explained that, at the last meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, Croatia stated its position on the change in the accommodation of migrants in BiH. As he said, BiH ‘s new approach ensured the signing of an agreement with FRONTEX in order to resolve the migrant crisis at BiH’ s incoming borders on its eastern border.
Grlic Radman said he was surprised when BiH Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic recently voiced her opposition to the statement of a Croatian EEZ in the Adriatic through an official note. In a response note, he expressed his doubts that this represents the country’s official position, as BiH Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik objected, among others, to Minister Turkovic’s position.
Grlić Radman met in Mostar on Tuesday with BiH HDZ President and Croatian National Assembly leader Dragan Čović, and voiced support for changes to the Electoral Law so that Croats can elect their representatives in government without any imposition from more than one people. . According to Grlić Radman, this constitutes an important reform in order for the country to gain candidate status and join the EU.