BiH: Serb and Croat politicians with the leaders in the region, Bosniaks furious

BiH: Serb and Croat politicians with the leaders in the region, Bosniaks furious

Bosniak politicians furiously reacted to the meetings held on Tuesday between Milorad Dodik and Croat President Zoran Milanović in Zagreb, and Dragan Čović with Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade.

Most of the comments among Sarajevo based political parties are that these meetings represent the “continuation of the war plans of (Croat President Franjo) Tuđman and (Serbian President Slobodan) Milošević”. Allegedly, Tuđman and Milošević agreed to divide Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war, and Bosniaks would be left without the state. Čović – Vučić meeting came amid the fierce discussion between Bosniak politicians about the (Bosniak) Party of Democratic Action President Bakir Izetbegović visit to Belgrade and meeting with Vučić. Some of the highest Bosniak politicians consider that meeting as the betrail but there are also voices of conscience that said that “everybody has to speak with everybody”.

Čović – Vučić meeting also came after the long silence of Croat politicians in BiH on the Dodik threats with the secession of Republika Srpska. The meeting was a surprise for many in Serbia because Čović, as a leader of the biggest Croat party in BiH – Croat Democratic Union (HDZ) was not so often Vučić’s guest. After the meeting, Čović on Twitter said that the interlocutors spoke about the European accession talks as well as changes to the BiH Constitution.

“With Aleksandar Vučić on dialogue & progress of the Western Balkans. Speaking on BiH, I stressed that changes of the Election Law/limited constitutional changes cannot jeopardize the foundations of BiH and that constituent peoples & their rights must be fully respected while discrimination must be eliminated,” Čović said.

On the same afternoon, Milanović in Zagreb met the leader of the biggest Serb party in BiH, Alliance of the Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) and Serb member of the BiH Presidency, Milorad Dodik.

“The President of the Republic Zoran Milanović met today with Milorad Dodik, the representative of the Serbian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Office of the President.

The meeting with Mr Dodik is a follow-up of the President of the Republic’s activities aimed at achieving the stability and functioning of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the legitimate representation of all three constituent peoples in line with the Dayton Peace Agreement. To this end, President Milanović already met with Bakir Izetbegović, the representative of the Bosniak people, and with Dragan Čović, the representative of the Croatian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” says the official announcement from Milanović Cabinet.

The Dodik Cabinet announcement was a bit more precise. “Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik met on Tuesday evening in Zagreb with Croatia’s President Zoran Milanović and informed him of the causes of the current political crisis in BiH.

The Serb member of the Presidency has pointed out that BiH hasn’t had the real institutional sovereignty for years, as four foreigners – three foreign judges in the Constitutional Court of BiH and the high representative have been destabilizing BiH,” says a press release from the Office of the Serb member of the BiH Presidency.

The press release added that Dodik has reiterated that he is committed to the territorial integrity of BiH, but also to return to the genuine Dayton Accords, which means the restoration of jurisdictions to the entities that were seized by unconstitutional actions of the Office of the High Representative.

The most interesting part of this meeting is Dodik’s Cabinet press release where it was said that he is a “Serb member of the BiH Presidency”, which means that he represented that institution. But, the problem is that this visit was not discussed and agreed on the Presidency meeting with two other members, and Dodik had no right to represent himself as he did. In the recent past, Dodik complained that Bosniak and Croat members, Šefik Džaferović and Željko Komšić, at international events were representing BiH Presidency without consent of all members. That formulation was avoided in Milanović’s Cabinet press release, where it stated that the Croat President met “representative of Serb people in BiH”.