Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman said Sunday that Croatia is not running away from unresolved issues in its relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, as it opposes the restoration of Balkan borders.
“Croatia wants to address them [the issues] “as he sincerely wants to help maintain the stability of this country and its Euro-Atlantic path,” Grlić Radman said in an interview with Sarajevo media. He added that his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina last week and talks with the country’s top officials took place positively and in an encouraging atmosphere.
Grlić Radman said that he had clarified in direct communication during his visit to Sarajevo the purpose and content of the non-letter letter to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans that Croatia had sent to the EU Foreign Affairs Council on behalf of a group of six EU member states as a model for the debate announced for May. He stressed that with the document, Croatia had demonstrated its respect and appreciation for Bosnia and Herzegovina and had opened space for a deeper discussion on critical topics to increase the European Union ‘s attention to Bosnia and Herzegovina and its path to status. of the EU candidate.
In that context, he explained that the need to reform Bosnia and Herzegovina’s election law in order to eliminate all existing inequalities and improve the political climate and co-operation within the country also arose.
Commenting on the alleged document defending the dissolution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and changes to other borders in the Western Balkans, published by a Slovenian web portal without identifying the perpetrator or target audience, Grli Gr Radman said he did not want to speculate about the claim. of not -let. Still, he underlined that the restoration of borders had ruled out the discussion on Croatia.
“There is no doubt that Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia are economically, culturally and geographically oriented towards each other. They are and should be friends and thus should resolve outstanding issues through dialogue. So, more conversations, less misunderstandings “, said the Croatian minister.
He stressed that dialogue on all outstanding issues was important but should not be conducted through the issuance of statements to the media, but through joint working groups and inter-departmental formats whose members are relevant experts.
“This is, I think, particularly important so that those unresolved issues are not exploited for day-to-day political purposes, which could lead to further escalation of mutual misunderstandings,” Grlić Radman said.