Bosnian Croat Presidency Member Does Not Represent Croats

Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman said that no Croatian official would meet with current Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency member Zeljko Komsic, whose election he argued violated the Dayton Peace Agreement because he did not represent Croats in that body. 

“He definitely does not represent Croats in the three-member Presidency”, Radman said in an interview with Herceg-Bosna Television in Mostar, broadcast on Sunday (22.11), when asked whether any official in Zagreb would meet with the current Croat member of the BiH Presidency. 

Radman said that Komsic had been against the construction of the Peljesac Bridge, that he had not visited any Croat community in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that he was constantly making statements against Croats. 

“It is not moral of him to call himself a representative of the Croat people”, Radman added. 

He recalled that authors of the Dayton peace agreement did not agree that Croats should have their political representatives elected for them by other peoples. 

“Croats should be able to elect their own representatives. That is not so in the BiH Presidency. Croats do not have their representative”, he added. 

He dismissed objections that Croatia was interfering in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s internal affairs, saying that the Croatian government led by Andrej Plenkovic had done the most in terms of support to Bosnia and Herzegovina as a state and ethnic Croats. 

“Croatia is interested in a stable and functional Bosnia and Herzegovina in which all three peoples will be able to exercise their rights. If the Croats are the most endangered, Croatia will insist on correcting the injustice. That can be done by implementing Constitutional Court rulings and amending the election law”, the minister said. 

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