The Croatian President has openly questioned just how much legitimacy the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt actually has, noting that trying to remove any one of the three ethnic leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a fool’s errand.
On Thursday Croatian President Zoran Milanović reiterated his earlier call for a trilateral mediation of the crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina, of which the mediators would be comprised of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and himself as the Croatian representative. He added that it is vital that these three side participated in talks on the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina: “As some kind of guarantors, I would be happy to see, even president Vučić, sure we'll have some disagreements, but let's see what we can to do ensure that Bosnia and Herzegovina remains unified. Erdoğan as well, whose country is not in the European Union, and has a different political regime, one that is not democratic like ours. But that is their right. I accept and respect that. Only in that kind of ambient can we find a satisfactory solution. So that each of the three ethnic sides has someone they believe in on their side, and that on the other side there is someone they do not distrust outright.”
Meanwhile, the head of the European Union Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Johann Sattler, said that the EU clearly supports Schmidt and his mandate. Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik responded by announcing that Republika Srpska would sue Schmidt "in Germany for misrepresentation." Dodik claims that the entire world has conspired to establish "Muslim domination" in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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