18:44 / 02.02.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Grlić Radman says Bosnia's Euro-Atlantic ambitions are tied to election reforms

Croatian Foreign Minister Grlić Radman (L) Bosnian Croat leader Dragan Čović (R) (Photo: Denis Kapetanovic/PIXSELL)

Croatian Foreign Minister Grlić Radman (L) Bosnian Croat leader Dragan Čović (R) (Photo: Denis Kapetanovic/PIXSELL)

Foto: - / Pixsell

Croatia’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister was in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday, where he visited the University Clinical Hospital of Mostar and the Croatian National Theatre in Mostar.

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman met with the Vice-chairman of the House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina and President of the HDZ in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Čović. Speaking to reporters after their meeting, Minister Grlić Radman emphasized the importance of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Euro-Atlantic integration, but reminded that this wouldn't be possible without a reform of Bosnia's election law, which currently discriminates against Croats.

"We want to help Bosnia and Herzegovina on its path to Euro-Atlantic integration, and this is why it is necessary to reform the election law and eliminate all forms of discrimination. Obviously, if want to follow a Euro-Atlantic future, then the next step is getting candidate status for EU membership. And Croatia, as a member state, will play a constructive role in this regard so that you can achieve this dream as soon as possible," Minister Grlić Radman noted.

For his part Čović stressed that the HDZ BiH has been calling for elections reforms for some time now, and that Bosnian Croats expect to achieve equal rights with the other two constituent peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Muslims: "Tomorrow I am meeting with the American Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Nelson and the EU Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Sattler on this very topic. Obviously our goal is to have an adopted election law in parliamentary procedure by mid-year at the latest and that this be a condition for our candidate status," Čović concluded.

Minister Grlić Radman also addressed the EU’s concerns regarding the build-up of illegal migrants on the Bosnian border with Croatia, noting that the two countries share one thousand kilometers of common border, and that for this reason it is important to strengthen Bosnia's security capacities through the use of European Union funds.

Source: HRT

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