The burden of the migrant crisis must be equally distributed on the whole territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, European Union ambassador Johann Sattler told, adding that the humanitarian crisis in the country was unnecessary.
According to him, some positive steps forward have been made regarding the migrant crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina, recalling that tents for migrants have been set up at the Lipa village, Bosnia’s northwest.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina are a signatory of international conventions, it signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU”, stressed Sattler, the Head of the EU Delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, adding that this is not about whether the country wants or not but that it has to take over the responsibility.
Speaking in N1’s Dan program, Sattler said the responsibility cannot rest only with the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina but also with political leaders.
“We cannot have this situation repeating every year. Last year it was (the infamous camp that closed down) Vucjak, this year it was Lipa. We want to avoid such reputation risk for BiH”, Sattler was quoted as saying.
He mentioned Serbia as a country that established a migration management system in two to three years which is, as he said, not perfect, but is well organized.
Sattler also said he did not want to ignore the security concerns of the local population in the northwestern Una-Sana Canton, adding that he could understand the locals but that closing down the Bira camp did not help as hundreds of migrants were left in the open.
“We are trying to exert pressure on everyone. We repeat that all parts of the country should bear a part of the burden, including Republika Srpska and Herzegovina”, he underlined.