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BiH: Serb and Croat politicians with leaders in the region, angry Bosniaks

Bosnian politicians reacted angrily to Tuesday’s meetings between Milorad Dodik and Croatian President Zoran Milanovic in Zagreb and Dragan Covic with Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade.

Most of the comments among Sarajevo-based political parties are that these meetings represent “the continuation of the war plans of (Croatian President Franjo) Tudjman and (Serbian President Slobodan) Milosevic”. Tudjman and Milosevic reportedly agreed to partition Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war, and Bosniaks would be left stateless. The Covic-Vucic meeting came amid heated discussions between Bosnian politicians over the visit of (Bosnian) Democratic Action Party President Bakir Izetbegovic to Belgrade and a meeting with Vucic. Some of Bosnia’s top politicians consider the meeting a betrayal, but there are also voices of conscience saying “everyone should talk to everyone”.

The Covic-Vucic meeting came even after a long silence by Croatian politicians in BiH over Dodik’s threats to oust Republika Srpska. The meeting came as a surprise to many in Serbia because Covic, as leader of Croatia’s largest party in BiH – the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) – was not often Vucic’s guest. After the meeting, Covic said on Twitter that the interlocutors talked about European membership negotiations and changes to the BiH Constitution.

“With Aleksandar Vucic on dialogue and progress in the Western Balkans. “Speaking about BiH, I stressed that changes to the Electoral Law / limited constitutional changes can not jeopardize the foundations of BiH and that the constituent peoples and their rights must be fully respected, while discrimination must be eliminated,” Čović said.

The same afternoon, Milanovic met in Zagreb with the leader of BiH’s largest Serb party, the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), and Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik.

“The President of the Republic Zoran Milanovic met today in the office of President Milorad Dodik, the representative of the Serbian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Meeting with Mr. Dodik is a continuation of the activities of the President of the Republic aimed at achieving the stability and functioning of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the legitimate representation of the three constituent peoples in accordance with the Dayton Peace Agreement. “For this, President Milanovi. Has already met with the representative of the Bosnian people Bakir Izetbegovi dhe and the representative of the Croatian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan ovovi” “, reads the official announcement from the Cabinet Milanovi..

Dodik’s cabinet announcement was a little more accurate. “Serbian member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik met with Croatian President Zoran Milanovic in Zagreb on Tuesday evening and informed him about the causes of the current political crisis in BiH.

“The Serbian member of the Presidency has stressed that BiH has not had real institutional sovereignty for years, as four foreigners – three foreign judges in the BiH Constitutional Court and the High Representative are destabilizing BiH,” a press release said. by the Office of the Serbian Member of the Presidency of BiH.

The press release adds that Dodik has reiterated his commitment to BiH’s territorial integrity, but also to a return to the genuine Dayton Accords, which means re-establishing jurisdiction over entities seized by the Supreme Office’s unconstitutional actions. Representative.

The most interesting part of this meeting is the communiqué of Dodik’s Cabinet, which stated that he is a “Serbian member of the Presidency of BiH”, which means that he represented that institution. But, the problem is that this visit was not discussed and did not agree on the meeting of the Presidency with two other members, and Dodik had no right to be represented like him. In the recent past, Dodik complained that Bosniak and Croat members Shefik Xhaferovic and Zeljko Komsic were representing the BiH Presidency at international events without the consent of all members. This wording was avoided in the press release of Milanovic’s cabinet, which stated that the Croatian president met with “the representative of the Serbian people in BiH”.

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