BiH must move forward

BiH must move forward

Sarajevo, November 13, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Mladen Dragojlovic

In the year that BiH marks the 20th anniversary since the end of the war and the signing of the Dayton peace agreement, many institutions are organizing the round tables or panel discussions about the past and the future of the BiH. But, perhaps the most successful of these meetings was held on Friday in Mostar where presidents of all parliamentary parties in BiH came together to find an answer to the important question: ”The consensus on the restructuring of the political system 20 years after Dayton – reality or deception?”.

At the end of the conference, Croatian member of BiH Presidency, Dragan Covic, said to participants that all discussions pointed out that BiH must move forwards and that this process has already begun.

We have an obligation to, at least in next three years, visible change this process through our path toward EU and our internal organization of the state. We must do this through changes in the electoral legislation. After that, we will have to take a lot of other steps to rationalize our work because we have too many levels of government”, Covic said.

He added that this process was quite dynamic in the last six months and now it cannot be stopped. Covic said that BiH and its citizens will have better future only if they show more respect to each other than they have done so far.

BiH Presidency member from RS and the Party of Democratic Progress, Mladen Ivanic, told reporters that there is more optimism than before, and he felt that it was possible to reach a solution.

“Representatives of Bosniaks and Croats have the key for this situation and I am confident that Covic knows what he talks about when he says that he feels that there is a willingness of both parties to reach an agreement. I am happy to wait for this to happen, Ivanic said, adding that he would accept any solution which the Bosniaks and Croats agree.

Regarding the attitude of the parties from the RS, Ivanic said that they are willing to give more to others, but that they are not ready to have less than before.

“That is the common opinion of the RS parties of all these past ten to twelve years”, Ivanic said.

RS president and SNSD leader, Milorad Dodik, said that the Dayton is a framework for the existence of BiH, and that the institution of High Representative is one of the main culprits for the inequality of Croats in the state because of the changes which High representatives made in Dayton peace agreement in the past.

President of the Alliance for Better Future, Fahrudin Radoncic, said that Bosniaks must make the biggest compromise if they wants to keep BiH on the path of Euro-Atlantic integration.

“I think today’s topic and the atmosphere, as well as events in the last month, contributed so that the international community and domestic public saw a new energy. It gives optimism and shows that the delicate issues can and must be solved in a way that no one imposes something to anybody else. I am optimist,  Radoncic said.