BiH: Croatian Foreign Minister endorses changes to BiH Constitution

BiH: Croatian Foreign Minister endorses changes to BiH Constitution

The Republic of Croatia strongly advocates the implementation of all judgments of the BiH Constitutional Court and amendments to the BiH Election Law to ensure that three peoples and other citizens elect their own political representatives at all levels of government in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Gordan Grlić Radman said in Mostar on Monday.

As FENA reports, Minister Grlić Radman added that he was honoured and pleased to give a lecture today at the University of Mostar on the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Agreement, what the Agreement meant at the beginning and what the results of that agreement were 25 years after its signing.

“Croatia provides its sincere support and actively advocates the Euro-Atlantic path of BiH and, as an EU member, it is in its interest to have a stable, functional and prosperous state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, of which I am a friend. All three peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina are, as they should, constitutive and equal”, Grlic Radman told reporters.

He added that, over the past 25 years, certain parts of the Dayton Agreement have been “derogated from by ‘creeping’ reforms” to the detriment of the Croat people in BiH.

“The Republic of Croatia strongly advocates the implementation of all judgments of the Constitutional Court and the change of the Electoral Law, which will guarantee the election of its own representatives at all levels of government for all three peoples and other citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, said Grlić Radman.

As for the BiH Presidency, Grlić Radman pointed out that it was envisaged for the representatives of the constituent peoples to sit in the state presidency, which, as he stressed, is not the case now.

“We want to change that and respect the spirit of the Dayton Accords and its wording, which agreed on the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina 25 years ago. BiH is a state of two entities and three constituent peoples; Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs. We want political leaders to understand their own responsibility in the interest of these peoples and to agree on the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to change the Electoral Law, the amendments of which have been to the detriment of the Croatian people”, said Minister Grlić Radman.

On this occasion, the Minister also stated that he was “impressed by the activities carried out by the University of Mostar” (SUM). /ibna