The Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Željko Komšić at the General Debate of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly stated that Bosnia and Herzegovina is actively contributing to regional efforts to strengthening security in the region.
“In this regard, I would like to assure you that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a reliable, serious and determined partner of the United Nations, the European Union and NATO. We are especially determined in strengthening the European security area, we are firmly committed to the fight against organized crime, the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, illegal migration, as well as the security of national borders in terms of migration management”, Komšić said.
With regards to the international challenges of the modern age, he emphasized that BiH has a particular commitment to global efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina hereby express its concern about the continued escalation of violence in the world, especially in the Middle East, and I take this opportunity to call for an end to combat activities and for the solutions to be found peacefully. BiH has a principled view that the protection of civilians, respect for human rights and humanitarian law are a necessary priority in international relations”, Komšić pointed out.
He also pointed out that the United Nations Sustainable Development Program and its transformative nature are seen as an opportunity and a lever for change in BiH with the aim of comprehensively improving the social, economic and environmental aspects of the life of the population.
“We, therefore, hope that the Review of Activities for the Implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development will be finalized in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the end of 2019, to be submitted to the High-Level Political Forum to be held in the coming years. It is a great honor for Bosnia and Herzegovina to be a part of this transformation agenda as a sovereign country,” Komšić underlined.
Speaking about the EU and NATO integrations of the country, he emphasized that “we need all those reforms that require the elimination of existing systemic discrimination against BiH citizens”.
“Unfortunately, these provisions are currently stipulated in the Constitution of BiH, but also in the provisions of various legal acts, where BiH will have to undergo a process of maturing in order to reach such a political level that such necessary reforms can be carried out without major socio-political strains”, Komšić stressed.
In addition to internal reforms, BiH also focuses on strengthening regional cooperation, especially when it comes to infrastructure projects in the communications, transport and energy sectors.
Internationally, BiH is active within the United Nations, and with organizations such as the OSCE, the Council of Europe, CEFTA, as well as other various regional initiatives.
The country had a prominent and active chairmanship of the SEECP and MARRI regional initiatives, where it has invested plenty of effort and has given an active impetus to a regional approach to facing current challenges.
“Bilateral relations between BiH and neighbouring countries are at the top of the foreign policy priorities, on the basis of which continuous improvement of cooperation should be made, on the basis of common interest and principles of equality, mutual respect, and respect for state sovereignty and territorial integrity.
We could thus conclude that Bosnia’s relations with neighbouring countries are good and intense, however, because of the particular policies of our neighbours, we occasionally witness their activities to pursue their political interests within BiH, which causes unrest and produces certain level of destabilization in my country, which is not a good thing and it does not contribute to the development of the desired good neighbourly relations”, Komšić emphasized.
In order to find an adequate solution to the many crises, Komšić said that BiH supports the efforts of the United Nations to strengthen the sector for preventive diplomacy within the political affairs department./ibna