19:10 / 09.07.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

HNS BiH slams German Bundestag resolution as cynical and biased

President of the Central Council of the Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina Božo Ljubić

President of the Central Council of the Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina Božo Ljubić

Foto: Denis Kapetanovic / PIXSELL

This past week the German Bundestag adopted a resolution on Bosnia and Herzegovina expressing support to “Bosnia and Herzegovina on the path to better future.” The German parliament also approved the redeployment of German troops in the EU-led EUFOR Althea mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina has slammed the German Bundestag resolution on Bosnia and Herzegovina as biased. The resolution condemns the nationalist aspirations of the Muslim, Croat and Serbian sides, but names only the Croat and Serb leaders as fomenting nationalist policies. The President of the Central Council of the Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Božo Ljubić: "From the resolution's content, it is clear that its proponents do not know the basic facts of the character of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a country that is a country of three constituent peoples. In this I see a dose of cynicism of the powerful who take the right to prescribe to smaller players something they would never apply to themselves."


However, on Friday night Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said that the resolution is a non-binding political statement that does not reflect Germany's official position on the issue: “This document is a non-binding political statement initiated by a Bundestag member of Bosnian Muslim ethnicity, which does not reflect Germany’s official position. The resolution is a political statement adopted by a faction in a parliament of an EU member-state.”


Grlić Radman added that the resolution in no way affects impact international law, specifically the Dayton-Paris agreement, and noted that Germany’s official position on Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found in the European Union’s documents: “First of all, it is the Strategic Compass, in which all the EU member-states supported the wording that mentions the equality of all the three constituent peoples in BiH, and that wording was later incorporated in the conclusions of the European Council. Of course, that this political statement is being abused. It does not contribute to dialogue. BiH should rely on dialogue, it is supposed to be based on the Dayton Agreement. We call on Bosnian Muslim leaders to open up a dialogue with local Croatian leaders to overcome misunderstandings.”


Source: HRT

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