Slovenian President Borut Pahor’s Cabinet issued a press release explaining the talks during his visit to BiH on March 5, stating that Pahor “regularly warns against ideas about the disintegration of BiH and the redrawing of borders in the Western Balkans.”
The press release notes that the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is an advocate of Bosnia and Herzegovina, its territorial integrity, its European perspective and its peaceful development.
President Pahor, it is stressed, wants BiH to become part of the European Union as soon as possible. He consistently emphasizes the importance of a geopolitical approach to the enlargement of the European Union, which would also include BiH, which currently has the weakest formal ties with the EU.
President Pahor regularly warns against ideas about the disintegration of BiH and the redrawing of borders in the Western Balkans. In this context, out of concern over these ideas, he asked his interlocutors, all three members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, when he visited Sarajevo in early March.
“The President of the Republic also spoke publicly about this in his address to the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia on 25 September 2020: ‘I would like to emphasize my assessment, which is important if it is accurate: if there is no enlargement, the thesis that the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia is not over yet and that it is necessary to establish ethnic borders instead of the existing ones will slowly take hold in this region. We know from historical experience that there is very little chance of such a process taking place in a peaceful way without conflicts that could also undermine security and stability in South East Europe in general. That is why I have said many times that the enlargement of the European Union to the Western Balkans is an exclusive political issue, which also requires an even more thoughtful strategy from the European Union,’” the Cabinet underlines in the press release.
It was added that, in the light of the European perspective of the Western Balkans, the President of the Republic of Slovenia is preparing a meeting of the leaders of the Brdo-Brijuni Process initiative, scheduled for May. /ibna