EU High Representative Josep Borrell spoke on Tuesday afternoon with three members of the BiH Presidency, but the conversation allegedly was not smooth.
As it was said in the press release, Borrell expressed concern over the rise in nationalistic and divisive rhetoric in Bosnia and Herzegovina and urged Presidency members to engage in dialogue and work in the interest of citizens by lowering political tensions and promoting reconciliation. He reaffirmed the Union’s “unwavering commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU perspective as a single, united, and sovereign country”, and expressed readiness to continue facilitating and contributing to these efforts.
According to the statement by the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Borrell urged the leaders to “seize the opportunity of the non-electoral year to show concrete progress on the implementation of the key reform priorities set out in the European Commission’s Opinion, underlining, in particular, the electoral/constitutional reform and advancing the rule of law.”
“He urged the Presidency members to engage in dialogue with each other and foster an environment conducive to unity, consensus and constructive engagement in the interest of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, by lowering political tension and promoting reconciliation,” the statement said.
The Presidency members thanked the High Representative for the partnership and active role in the reform processes. They expressed commitment to developing good neighbourly relations and regional cooperation as well as support to the country’s regional initiatives in line with the principles applied in the EU.
The Presidency members Milorad Dodik, Šefik Džaferović and Željko Komšić welcomed the Borrell information that the Western Balkans will be among the top issues discussed at the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council session scheduled for May 10 in Brussels.
After the meeting, Dodik said that he informed Borrell about his position that, if in some period of time it is impossible to reach an agreement within BiH on how to go further, then it is more normal to expect a “peaceful dissolution”.
“That is what I told the commissioner himself. 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 leave Republika Srpska to be tortured in BiH, as they think and as they wish,” Dodik stressed.
According to Dodik, it is necessary to find a balance between that, because two almost identical situations cannot have two different solutions.
If Kosovo is independent, Dodik said, then why cannot Republika Srpska be independent and on what principle.
“This attitude provoked a reaction from the other two members of the Presidency, and Željko Komšić left the meeting after my claim that it was inconvenient for the Presidency to lead those talks because we have Komšić whom other representatives of the Croatian people do not consider legitimate,” Dodik said.