EU High Representative Josep Borrell spoke with three members of the BiH Presidency on Tuesday afternoon, but the conversation allegedly was not calm.
As stated in the press release, Borrell expressed concern about the rise of nationalist and divisive rhetoric in Bosnia and Herzegovina and urged members of the Presidency to engage in dialogue and work in the interests of citizens by reducing political tensions and promoting reconciliation. He reaffirmed “the Union’s unwavering commitment to the EU perspective of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a single, united and sovereign country” and expressed readiness to continue their facilitation and contribution to these efforts.
According to a statement from the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Borrell urged leaders to “seize the opportunity of the non-election year to show concrete progress in implementing the key reform priorities set out in the European Commission Opinion, underlining the in particular, electoral / constitutional reform and the advancement of the rule of law. ”
“He called on members of the Presidency to engage in dialogue with each other and to foster an environment conducive to unity, consensus and constructive engagement in the interests of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, reducing political tension and promoting reconciliation.” said the statement.
The members of the Presidency thanked the High Representative for the partnership and active role in the reform processes. They expressed commitment to the development of good neighborly relations and regional co-operation, as well as support for the country’s regional initiatives in line with principles applied in the EU.
Presidency members Milorad Dodik, Šefik Džaferović and Željko Komšić welcomed Borrell’s information that the Western Balkans would be among the key issues discussed at the next Foreign Affairs Council session scheduled for 10 May in Brussels.
After the meeting, Dodik said he informed Borrell of his position that if, in a period of time, it is impossible to reach an agreement within BiH on how to proceed, then it is more normal to expect a “peaceful dissolution”.
“This is what I told the commissioner myself. “Since he sincerely called for a conversation, I honestly told him that it is impossible to expect Serbs to support the recognition of Kosmet as an independent state and let Republika Srpska be tortured in BiH, as they think and want,” Dodik stressed.
According to Dodik, it is necessary to find a balance between this, because two almost identical situations can not have two different solutions.
If Kosovo is independent, Dodik said, then why can’t Republika Srpska be independent and on what principle.
“This attitude provoked a reaction from the other two members of the Presidency, and Zeljko Komcic left the meeting after my claim that it was inappropriate for the Presidency to conduct those talks because we have Komcic whom other representatives of the Croatian people do not consider to be legal, ”said Dodik.