18:53 / 08.12.2020.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Opposition critical of government's support of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina

MOST MP Nino Raspudić (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

MOST MP Nino Raspudić (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

Foto: - / Pixsell

In parliament on Tuesday, MPs discussed the 2019 implementation of the Declaration on the position of Croats in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, which clearly states Croatia's support for Bosnia and Herzegovina's Euro-Atlantic integration.

In presenting the report on the implementation of the declaration to parliament, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman feels that government's support of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been unparalleled: "What we have done is immeasurable. What has been achieved from 2016 on, hasn't been achieved in the previous 25 years."

The opposition however, feels that government has fallen well short of the mark with regard to supporting Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. MOST MP Nino Raspudić called government’s approach lacking and tepid.

"It's almost like we're apologizing for even mentioning the disadvantaged position of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. First and foremost, we support the Croatian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina because they are a part of our nation. Secondly, because their survival is a question of vital national interest in terms of security, geo-strategy, economics and demographics. Thirdly, because it is in the interests of Croatia to have neighbors who respect basic human rights. The cowardly caution in the formulation of this report, so as to not offend some big brother looking on, in essence reveals the fundamental problem, and that is a luke warm foreign policy that does not provide the needed support, and if need be pressure and dialogue with our partners in the EU and US," Raspudić said.

Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina have consistently and systematically been denied equal right with the other two constituent peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian Muslims and Serbs. This is especially apparent when it comes to the existing election law, which allows Bosnian Muslims to outvote Croats and select who will represent them in political institutions.

Source: HRT

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