Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia must resolve their open issues in a spirit of mutual respect, Croatian Foreign Affairs Minister, Gordan Grlic Radman, said after meeting with his Bosnian counterpart in Sarajevo, adding that, if it was up to Croatia, Bosnia would already be an EU member.
Bosnia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Bisera Turkovic, said that the two discussed numerous open issues between the two countries. They welcomed the idea of organising a joint session of their two governments sometime in the first half of 2022.
“I believe that this will be an opportunity to determine guidelines for further work and cooperation, bearing in mind that July 21 this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries,” Turkovic said.
Garlic-Radman stressed the importance of mutual respect between the two countries, as well as peace in the region.
“We will also consider holding an economic forum in Sarajevo, which would take place a little later after the joint session,” Grlic-Radman said.
He also spoke about electoral reform in Bosnia, an issue Croatia has shown particular interest in.
“Of course, we respect the principles contained in the Dayton Peace Agreement: One state, two entities, three constituent peoples and other citizens. I think that political rights, equality, elimination of all those forms of discrimination in the electoral process are necessary in order to achieve political legitimacy and satisfaction of the constituent peoples so they are able to elect their representatives. Croatia is interested in a satisfied BiH, and this is also a guarantee of its European path,” he said.
He added that “if it was up to Croatia, Bosnia would already be a member of the European Union.”