Minister of Security in Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Mektić has claimed that what he called "Croatian agents" took part in a secret operation aimed at showing that armed groups of radical Islamists are active in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in an attempt to prove a previous statement by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on thousands of Islamist extremists in Bosnia and Herzegovina who threaten the security of the entire region.
Listing people directly involved in the operation Minister Dragan Mektić mentioned the Croatian General Consul in Tuzla, Ivan Bandić and Republic of Srpska Radio Television journalist Mate Đaković, who is believed to have close ties with the Chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Milorad Dodik.
The accusation claiming that Croatian agents are arming Islamists in order to confirm a theory by the president on ten thousand extremists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was commented on by the President of the Parliamentary Committee for Internal Policy and National Security Ranko Ostojić.
He said that he believes this is not true but he will nevertheless seek answers from the security services.
“Unfortunately this is not the first time that the minister of security in Bosnia and Herzegovina has given bombastic statements. I can say this with arguments, because if I was in his place there would probably be people arrested who did this, evidence would be presented, and therefore from a responsible minister you can expect such things not to be talked about in the media, but rather that the police act and arrest the perpetrators,” said Ostojić.
Ostojić added that at this moment he would categorize this as an attempt to send a certain message or news without any arguments.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković who took part in a gathering in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina today, titled "The European Constitution for Bosnia and Herzegovina", also didn’t take long to react.
“As far as I know our agency has requested the agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina to explain these allegations, so to get a little wider picture. As far as the involvement of Croatian diplomatic representatives is concerned, that is an even greater nonsense. They are here to do their job in accordance with the Vienna Convention and they are not here to do anything else, nor do they do anything else. I reject both theories,” said Prime Minister Plenković.
In a statement President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović’s office reacted saying that they “don not intend to comment at all on ill intended, completely baseless and petty political claims.”
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