ZAGREB – After yesterday’s meeting in Brussels on the Western Balkans, Croatian media say that the EU is not primarily interested in Bosnia, but in Serbia.
Source: Jutarnji list
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The main topic of discussion at yesterday’s meeting in Brussels was, as EU High Representative Josep Borrell explained, the situation in the Western Balkans, explaining that the purpose of the talks was how to engage more strongly the European Union in the region and provide a better, stronger European perspective for the region.
According to the Jutarnji list, the meeting on the Western Balkans was convened on the Croatian initiative after the emergence of a “non-paper”, allegedly created by the Prime Ministers of Slovenia and Hungary, Janez Jansa and Viktor Orban, who proposed the disintegration of Bosnia and Herzegovina. according to ethnic criteria.
Zagreb then, as it is stated, launched “commendable diplomatic action, gained the support of five members, including Slovenia and Hungary, and distributed its” non-paper “to members, which is committed to the territorial preservation of Bosnia and Herzegovina “. .
This is understandable, as Jutarnji points out, because the instability of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a strategic nightmare for Croatia and Serbia.
Serbia and Kosovo are crucial
However, the “Jutarnji List” indicates that the key issue for the EU is Serbia and the Kosovo issue. Serbia is the largest country in the region, with a big impact in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
Seven days ago, former Slovenian President Milan Kuan confirmed that Herman van Rompuy, the first President of the European Council, after handing him a document on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina ten years ago, replied: “The attention of the EU – as long as there is not a war – is focused on Serbia, Serbia must be formed and admitted to the EU as soon as possible so that it can, as as a regional power in the Balkans, take responsibility for the pacification of the Balkans. “According to sources from the Jutarnji list in Brussels, this trend can also be seen in the” non-paper “on the solution of the Kosovo issue, which is totally in favor of Belgrade.
In support of this, the text continues, with the conclusions of yesterday’s meeting, which ends with the following sentence: “The ministers also called for the swift continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and reiterated their support permanent and unequivocal to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Bosnia. -Herzegovina. ”
It is no coincidence that Bosnia and Herzegovina is at the bottom of the list with a message on territorial integrity. Of course, there is still no progress on the 14 points set by the EU two years ago as a condition for discussing the membership application.
Bosnia and Herzegovina does not have the strategic weight for the EU like Serbia or Kosovo, which five EU members still do not recognize. Or North Macedonia, the other hotspot in the region. The EU is tired of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is no coincidence that Borrell published a blog on Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday, in which he wrote that the meeting with the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina ten years ago days was “difficult, with numerous assaults and mutual accusations between the three members.”
Thus, the text concludes, the EU will continue to deal with the Western Balkans, but the main focus is Serbia (and Kosovo). As far as Bosnia and Herzegovina is concerned, suffice it to say that the agreement on electoral legislation is expected to be completed by the end of May, and there is nothing yet to indicate a compromise.