Serbian President Calls a Meeting with Covic and Dodik “a talk between friends”

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called the Monday evening’s meeting with leaders of Bosnian Serbs and Croats Milorad Dodik and Dragan Covic a talk between friends in a post on his Instagram account. 

Vucic’s photo shows him standing between Milorad Dodik (left) and Dragan Covic (right) making a toast. 

Earlier on Monday, Dragan Covic tweeted he was going to Belgrade to speak about Bosnia’s stability, development of bilateral relations, and the 25th anniversary since the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement which ended the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. 

The meeting was condemned by the Bosniak leader Bakir Izetbegovic and Vice President of Bosnia’s Federation (FBiH) entity saying the two went to Belgrade in order to deny Bosnia’s institutions and annul the European Commission’s Report which does not recognize the institution of the leader of constituent people in Bosnia nor does it recognize the term legitimate representative of peoples in Bosnia’s institutions. 

Covic’s Croat Democratic Union (HDZ BiH) said that interlocutors spoke about the EU’s Enlargement Package for 2020, but not for the importance of the EU accession process for maintaining a strong European perspective of the region. 

The European path of Bosnia and Herzegovina is unquestionable, Covic told during the meeting, stressing the need for a new intensification of efforts on the European path. 

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement, officials unanimously stressed that the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina is of great importance for the entire region. 

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