BiH: Embassy of China to BiH sends protest letter to FM Turković

BiH: Embassy of China to BiH sends protest letter to FM Turković

The Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China to BiH issued a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Council of Ministers, Bisera Turković, due to BiH’s accession to the Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, expressing concern over this move by BiH.

As media in Republika Srpska reported, the letter from the Embassy points out that BiH, as a co-signatory of this statement, seriously undermines the political mutual interest, which adversely affects the cooperation between the two countries, thus calling on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet to proceed to immediate measures to withdraw it.

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and BiH, on the occasion of which the leaders of the two countries exchanged congratulatory notes, while the foreign ministers confirmed friendly bilateral cooperation in a telephone conversation, showing a willingness to help each other fight the Covid-19 pandemic”, the Embassy in BiH notes in its statement.

The letter points to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the good cooperation and mutual respect of partnership relations between the two countries.

Yesterday, Serb BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik strongly condemned the uncoordinated and arbitrary accession of BiH to the Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, which was proposed by Great Britain.

“The Presidency of BiH did not review the situation in the mentioned Chinese regions, nor did the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Council of Ministers request an official position from the only institution in charge of the BiH foreign policy, and that is the Presidency”, the Office of the Serb member of the BiH Presidency stated.

Dodik pointed out that the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Council of Ministers Bisera Turković continued with the practice of implementing private policy, violating the agreed implementation of BiH’s foreign policy and disrupting good relations with countries that constitute strategic partners.

Turković told daily newspaper Avaz on Thursday that she would respond to the letter by the Serb member of the BiH Presidency, and that, as she said, “it is very clear that, based on the strategic documents adopted by the Presidency of BiH, one could and should join the statement”.

Turković says she does not see what Dodik could find reproachable in the fact that BiH stands for the protection of human and religious rights of minorities together with the United States, Germany and other countries. /ibna