Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL) Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

After meeting with the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman once again voiced Croatia's support for its Euro-Atlantic integration. He added however, that this was contingent on the respect of the rights of all three constituent peoples in that country.

"Croatia strongly supports Bosnia and Herzegovina's territorial integrity and the equality of its three constituent peoples, so that all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina feel at home," Grlić Radman said.

Grlić Radman also met with his Bosnian counterpart, Foreign Minister Bisera Turković. The two diplomats agreed to work towards strengthening co-operation between the two countries and gradually resolve outstanding issues, adding that there is no alternative to maintaining good neighborly relations.

Minister Grlić Radman also met with Vrhbosna Archbishop Cardinal Vinko Puljić, with whom he discussed the position of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Cardinal Puljić noted that the Croat population is being held hostage to the lack of willingness on the part of politicians to implement in full the provisions of the Dayton Agreement.

"Like it or not, as countries we are tied at the hip. This is especially true for us as Croatian Catholics, who rely heavily on this material and political support, because Croatia was a co-signatory to the Dayton Agreement. Unfortunately, politicians just can't seem to implement the agreement, instead they are gnawing on it like chewing gum," Cardinal Puljić concluded.

Source: HRT