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BiH: Differing views on the Slovenia Summit

As might be expected, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s top officials differ in their views on the outcome of the EU-Western Balkans summit held in Slovenia on Wednesday.

BiH Presidency Chairman Željko Komšić thinks the Summit sent a positive message to BiH, with Serbian member Milorad Dodik saying the meeting will only contribute to the dissolution of BiH.

According to media reports, Komcic, who, contrary to previous practice when all three members of the presidency attended such events, was the country’s sole representative at the Brdo pri Cranju summit, said he considered the event a solution. compromise that reconciles the expectations of the Western Balkan countries with being given a clear timeline for EU accession and the views of those EU countries, such as France, which are in principle opposed to further enlargement until the EU is consolidated.

Speaking in an interview with the Federation of BiH public broadcaster, Kocic said it should be clear that the Western Balkan countries were not objectively ready for EU membership.

He said the Slovenia summit had removed doubts as to whether the countries of the region should focus on reciprocity through the Berlin Process, which is strongly supported by Germany, through the Serbia-supported Open Balkans initiative.

The fact that the EU plans to leave 30 billion euros to support projects under the Berlin Process by offering “zero euros” to the Open Balkans is, for Komsic, a clear indication of what Bosnia and Herzegovina should treat as a priority.

As for neighboring countries’ attitudes towards BiH, Kocic said he did not like to hear Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic say after talks with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic that Serbia and Croatia “agree 90% on BiH”.

“I can say that (Slobodan) Milosevic and (Franjo) Tusman agreed 90% on BiH and we know how it ended. What is the 10% they do not agree with? It seems that BiH, even though we thought that time had passed, for the third or fourth decade has been the main dish on the menu of Zagreb and Belgrade. “This is certainly not something that is good for us in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it is not good for Zagreb or Belgrade either,” Komcic said.

Dodik, who strongly supports BiH’s membership in the Open Balkans project, was outraged that the invitation to the Slovenia summit was sent directly to Komcic and not to the other two members of the BiH Presidency.

In an interview with the ATV broadcaster, he said that in that way the EU was contributing to the disintegration processes in the country.

Dodik is equally angry with the US, EU and UN because their officials either ignore or harshly condemn his secession policy.

He was also outraged by the fact that the European Court of Human Rights had appointed a new judge to serve on the BiH Constitutional Court, Ledi Biancu, an Albanian who was a judge at the European Court of Human Rights and is a professor at University of Strasbourg.

The BiH Constitutional Court is composed of three foreign judges and three judges each from the constituent peoples of BiH. Dodik has been campaigning for years for the removal of foreign judges, and he enjoys the support of the Croatian party HDZ BiH in this regard.

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