Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Monday that a six-point joint conclusion reaffirming support for the Western Balkans’ European path was adopted Monday at the 11th summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process held in Brdo near Kranj, Slovenia.
Vucic explained that a conclusion was adopted without Croatia’s position on the importance of “legitimate representation of the constituent peoples at all levels of government in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).”
According to Croatian media, BiH representatives were the ones who refused to accept this wording.
Vucic said after the meeting that Serbia would have backed this Croatian President Zoran Milanovic’s position because it is in line with the Dayton Agreement.
“We managed to adopt a six-point joint conclusion which reaffirms support for the Western Balkans’ European path, visa liberalization for everyone in the region, the granting of candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina and, what it important to us, it asks for the European Union’s (EU) support in the light of the grave energy situation that the Western Balkans and the whole of Europe are facing, if it is possible for us to get it, if not, then nothing,” Vucic told the media in Slovenia.
The six conclusions adopted Monday at the Brdo-Brijuni Process meeting were posted on Twitter by Slovenian President Borut Pahor.
1. We reiterate the EU enlargement policy as the most direct contributor to the maintenance of peace and stability in our region, and more than ever a geopolitical issue.
2. We call for accelerated EU integration process, in line with the well established conditions for EU membership.
3. We call for granting the candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina by the end of 2022.
4. We call for removal of visa regime for the entire Western Balkans by the end of 2022.
5. We call for EU to stand side by side with Western Balkans in mitigating the consequences of the looming economic and energy crisis.
6. We reaffirm our strong commitment to the dialogue as the only viable solution to the existing differences and open political issues in the region.
Sovoditelja pobude Brdo-Brijuni Process predsednik Republike Slovenije Borut Pahor in predsednik Republike Hrvaške Zoran Milanović sta predstavila zaključke današnjega 11. vrha voditeljev. @Ured_PRH pic.twitter.com/ETM4iUb42R
— Borut Pahor (@BorutPahor) September 12, 2022
The summit was hosted by Slovenian President Borut Pahor and Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, and was, in addition to Vucic, also attended by Albanian President Bajram Begaj, members of the BiH Presidency Zeljko Komsic, Milorad Dodik, and Sefik Dzaferovic, Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic, Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani and President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski.