19:47 / 22.02.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Talks on electoral reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina fail to materialize

Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Foto: Denis Kapetanovic / Pixsell

A meeting between ethnic Croat and ethnic Bosniak parties on electoral reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina scheduled for Tuesday was not held and although no reasons were given, two officials suggested the possibility of another meeting that could include mediators from the US and the EU.

The spokesman of the Croat HDZ party in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Anđelko Maslac, told the press in Mostar the meeting would not be held, but not who cancelled it or if another one would be held on Friday as speculated by the media.

Political analyst Zoran Krešić speculated that the politicians from Sarajevo believed these talks to be too much of a political risk.

"They were probably afraid of being called traitors to the Bosniak cause if they appeared at the negotiations in Mostar. International diplomats are now expected to make another attempt to bring Croat and Bosniak political actors together for further talks in order to avoid a crisis that will most likely escalate in the autumn," said Krešić.

Today's meeting was announced on Saturday by the president of the HDZ in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Čović, as a continuation of talks between Croat and Bosniak politicians who had participated in talks in Neum and Sarajevo.

The leader of the People and Justice party, Elmedin Konaković, said today a meeting of the parties' leaders would not be held, suggesting the parties' expert teams might meet in an attempt to come closer in their views before engaging US and EU mediators again.

Others expressed confidence that a meeting would take place in the next seven days.

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