The diplomatic offensive of Western countries, which began a few days ago, with the aim of reaching an agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, continued on Friday with meetings of the State Department Special Envoy for Electoral Reform in BiH, Matthew Palmer, and the Director of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Angelina Eichhorst, with leaders of political parties in BiH.
The first meeting, which lasted all day, was held between the delegations of the Party of Democratic Action and the Croatian Democratic Union on Thursday, but, as expected, nothing was agreed regarding the changes to the BiH Election Law. Meetings continued on Friday, first with members of the BiH Presidency and then with leaders of smaller parties on the political scene. The BiH Presidency announced that the topics discussed at the meeting were the current political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, reform processes and activities on the country’s European path. The members of the Presidency of BiH reiterated their commitment to the European perspective of the country, as one of the key foreign policy goals of BiH, for which there is an absolute consensus of all political actors.
“The interlocutors exchanged views on electoral reform, the issue of the rule of law and the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Palmer and Director Eichhorst reiterated US and EU support for peace, prosperity and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As proven friends and allies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United States and the EU will continue to play a partnership role on the country’s reform and European path, for the benefit of all its citizens,” the press release reads.
The US Ambassador to BiH Eric Nelson and the Head of the European Union Delegation and the EU Special Representative in BiH, Ambassador Johann Sattler also attended the meeting.
Serbian member of the Presidency Milorad Dodik said after the meeting that the Republika Srpska is ready to support any variant that would be harmonized for the Federation of BiH regarding the Election Law, and stressed that the imposed “Inzko Law” must be withdrawn.
“We are ready to support every variant they bring for the Federation. We discussed how to solve the imposed Inzko law. That must be withdrawn and that is the only condition,” Dodik told reporters.
He added that US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar said in his speech before the US Congress a few good things, such as that there will be no new negotiations on BiH (Dayton Two), but also that BiH’s membership in NATO is not mentioned.
“Mr. Escobar interferes in the internal affairs of this country. He calls on the leaders, gives them orders, and threatens. That has become disgusting,” said Dodik, adding that BiH does not have the strength to defend itself from interfering in the internal affairs of the state.
Escobar is expected to arrive in the region soon and hold meetings with all relevant political leaders to work together to find a solution to BiH’s crisis.