Andrej Plenković and Dragan Čović speak at a news conference in Mostar (Photo: HRT) Andrej Plenković and Dragan Čović speak at a news conference in Mostar (Photo: HRT)

The number of migrants coming into Bosnia and Herzegovina has increased in recent weeks, putting increased pressure on the border with Croatia, which is also the EU’s external border. Bosnia and Herzegovina's Security Minister Fahrudin Radončić resigned earlier this week due to a dispute within the ruling coalition on how to solve the migrant problem. 

Prime Minister Plenković was in Mostar on Friday to attend an event of the HDZ’s sister part in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the HDZ BiH. He met with its leader Dragan Čović. Addressing the migrant crisis, Plenković said a physical barrier was not the answer.

"I am opposed to erecting wire fences between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are two neighboring countries and a message like that would not be good," said Plenković.

The key to resolving the migrant crisis lies at border between Greece and Turkey, according to Plenković.

Croatia’s Prime Minister also spoke about strengthening the position of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"We will do everything we can to ensure the status of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not weakened, just the opposite, that it is strengthened. We are working constantly on that and I think that we have clearly communicated the issue of equality for Croats at all levels of the Council of the EU and the European Commission," he told a press conference following meeting with Čović.

The most important thing for Bosnia and Herzegovina is that it advances toward EU membership, Plenković said, adding that equality among all three of its peoples was a precondition for reaching key agreements.

Croatia supports Bosnia's aspirations to join the EU and NATO, which it believes is important for the country's stability.

Source: HINA/HRT