Slovenian President Borut Pahor’s cabinet issued a press release explaining the talks during his visit to BiH on March 5th, stating that Pahor “regularly warns against ideas about the dissolution of BiH and the restoration of borders in the Western Balkans”.
The press release notes that the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is an advocate of Bosnia and Herzegovina, its territorial integrity, its European perspective and its peaceful development.
President Pahor, it is emphasized, wants BiH to become part of the European Union as soon as possible. He repeatedly stresses the importance of a geopolitical approach to European Union enlargement, which would also include BiH, which currently has the weakest official ties with the EU.
President Pahor regularly warns against ideas about dismantling BiH and restoring borders in the Western Balkans. In this context, out of concern for these ideas, he asked his interlocutors, the three members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, when he visited Sarajevo in early March.
“The President of the Republic also spoke publicly about this in his speech at the Assembly of the Republic of Northern Macedonia on September 25, 2020: ‘I would like to emphasize my assessment, which is important if it is correct: if there is no enlargement , the thesis that the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia is not over yet and that it is necessary to establish ethnic borders instead of the existing ones, will slowly take place in this region. We know from historical experience that there is little chance that such a process will take place peacefully without conflicts that could undermine security and stability in Southeast Europe in general. “That is why I have said many times that the enlargement of the European Union to the Western Balkans is an exclusive political issue, which also requires an even more thought-out strategy by the European Union,” the Cabinet said in a press release.
It was added that, in the light of the European perspective of the Western Balkans, the President of the Republic of Slovenia is preparing a meeting of the leaders of the Brdo-Brijuni Process initiative, scheduled for May.