The Western countries’ diplomatic offensive, which began a few days ago, aimed at reaching an agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, continued on Friday with meetings of BiH State Department Special Envoy for Electoral Reform Matthew Palmer and Director of European External Action Service (EEAS), Angelina Eichhorst, with leaders of political parties in BiH.
The first meeting, which lasted all day, was held between the delegations of the Democratic Action Party and the Croatian Democratic Union on Thursday, but, as expected, changes to the BiH election law were not agreed upon. Meetings continued on Friday, first with members of the BiH presidency and then with leaders of smaller parties on the political scene. The BiH Presidency announced that the topics discussed at the meeting were the current political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, reform processes and activities on the country’s European path. Members of the BiH Presidency reiterated their commitment to the country’s European perspective, as one of the main goals of BiH foreign policy, for which there is an absolute consensus of all political actors.
“The interlocutors exchanged views on electoral reform, the issue of the rule of law and the implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Palmer and Director Eichhorst reiterated US and EU support for the peace, prosperity and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. “As proven friends and allies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United States and the EU will continue to play a partnership role in the country’s reform and European path, for the benefit of all its citizens,” the press release said. .
The meeting was also attended by US Ambassador to BiH Erik Nelson and the Head of the European Union Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH, Ambassador Johann Sattler.
Serbian Presidency member Milorad Dodik said after the meeting that Republika Srpska is ready to support any variant that would be harmonized for the Federation of BiH regarding the Electoral Law, and stressed that the “Inzko-imposed law” should be withdrawn.
“We are ready to support any option they bring to the Federation. We discussed how to resolve the imposed law Inzko. This must be withdrawn and this is the only condition, “Dodik told reporters.
He added that US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar said in his address to the US Congress some good things, such as that there would be no new negotiations for BiH (Dayton Two), but also that BiH’s membership in NATO is not mentioned.
“Sir. Escobar is interfering in the internal affairs of this country. He is calling on the leaders, giving orders and threatening. This has become disgusting,” Dodik said, adding that BiH has no strength to defend itself against interfering in the internal affairs of the country. of the state.
Escobar is expected to arrive in the region soon and hold meetings with all relevant political leaders to work together to find a solution to the BiH crisis.