Croatian President Zoran Milanović (2nd from left) Bosnian Serb representative Milorad Dodik (2nd from right) (Photo: Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia) Croatian President Zoran Milanović (2nd from left) Bosnian Serb representative Milorad Dodik (2nd from right) (Photo: Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia)

“This was an opportunity to acquaint them with the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)and the Republic of Srpska, to identify common problems that could be solved on the issue of infrastructure projects, to analyze the ways in which we have implemented projects so far. I think that our cooperation is taking place in the best possible way”, said Milorad Dodik after the meeting with Zoran Milanović in the Office of the President and Andrej Plenković at the government offices.

“Regarding the European perspective of BiH, we are grateful for the support of the Republic of Croatia on that path. This is what I saw today at both meetings, exactly the will to support BiH to move towards the EU as quickly as possible,” he stressed.

Dodik said that the construction of the bridge on the Sava near Gradiška had been agreed upon and that he had received a confirmation from Prime Minister Plenković that everything would be completed on time. He added that they had agreed to maintain bridges on rivers at the borders.

There was also talk of the problem with migrants. Dodik said that the migrants do not want to be in BiH.

“Migrants want to enter the EU, but they are a serious problem for us and we will have to unburden BiH. We are showing a deficit in solving that problem,” he said.

Bosnian Serb representative Milorad Dodik and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Josip Regovic/PIXSELL)

Plenković and Dodik discussed economic cooperation and Croatia's support for BiH's European path

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković met today for a working meeting at the government offices with Milorad Dodik, a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 The main topic of discussion was the further development of transport connections between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, with special emphasis on the construction of a new road bridge near Gradiška and access roads. This bridge is a joint investment of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will significantly increase the volume and flow of traffic of people and goods, for the benefit of both countries.

Prime Minister Plenković emphasized the importance of the return of exiled Croats, as well as the protection of their property. It was confirmed at the meeting that the route of the Banja Luka - Prijedor highway will go in an alternate direction, which will protect the property of Croats in the area and avoid the demolition of their houses.

During the working meeting, they also discussed stronger economic cooperation, investments, Croatia's support for BiH's European path and the situation in Southeast Europe, as well as the problem of illegal migration, the Croatian Government reported.

Milorad Dodik, member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Republic of Srpska (Photo: Josip Regovic/PIXSELL)

It is important to continue dialogue between the representatives of all three peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Republic of Srpska came to Zagreb at the invitation of President Milanović. The Croatian president's office announced the Bosnian Serb leader as a representative of the Serb people, not as a member of the BiH collective presidency.

At the meeting they discussed the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and its Euro-Atlantic perspectives, the problems in the implementation of the Dayton Agreement, and the position and rights of all three constituent peoples, Croats, Serbs and Bosniaks.

The interest of the Republic of Croatia is a stable and functional Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as ensuring equal rights for Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as an equal and constituent people. Therefore, the Republic of Croatia cannot remain passive and will not support initiatives aimed at unilateral revision of the Dayton Agreement that would endanger peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Southeast Europe.

For the realization of a stable and functional Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is important to continue dialogue between representatives of all three peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to which the Republic of Croatia, as a friendly and neighboring country, is ready to contribute, announced the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia.

Source: HRT