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BiH: Presidency President Kocic Meets with UN Secretary-General Guterres

Despite the protest by Republika Srpska BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik over the participation of Presidency Chairman Željko Komçiiç in the UN General Assembly, Koçiiç met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Dodik sent the letter to Guterres and the General Assembly explaining that Komšić is in New York as a private person because the Presidency did not agree to his participation. He urged UNGA not to allow Komcic to address world leaders, saying the permit would be “one last nail in the coffin of BiH”.

“If the Secretary General ignores what is said in the letter, then it shows that the top UN leadership was involved in the dissolution of Bosnia and Herzegovina because it ignored the BiH Constitution and procedure. “This trip to New York was discussed at a previous session of the Presidency and did not receive approval,” Dodik said.

However, on the eve of the 76th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Komšić met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

During the talks, Komšić explained the position of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the framework of Euro-Atlantic integration, citing the dynamics of reforms on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s path towards NATO and the European Union.

Kocic noted that “neighboring countries that were actively involved in the conflict during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, carrying out aggression against the internationally recognized Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, still, unfortunately, still see Bosnia and Herzegovina as spoils of war “.

He stated that in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Republika Srpska (RS), there is political opposition to the law banning genocide denial and that a member of the BiH Presidency from RS, Milorad Dodik, uses the opposition to the law as a tool and justification for political blockades.

He stressed that some political elites in Bosnia and Herzegovina seek to promote ethnic exclusivity, which is discriminatory and contrary to international and democratic standards of citizen equality, and called for stronger UN support for the protection of fundamental human rights.

According to a press release from Komšić’s cabinet, during the talks, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stressed that he was following with particular attention the political developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region, as well as understanding the seriousness and complexity of the current political situation. , stressing that the United Nations will remain committed to supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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