Croatia wants next EU summit to discuss BiH

A meeting between Croat and Bosniak parties on electoral reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina scheduled for Tuesday was not held, according to information from BiH. No reasons were given from either side. [EPA-EFE/RUSSIAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY]

Croatia has requested discussions on Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) take place at the next EU summit due in March during a meeting of EU general affairs ministers.

A meeting between Croat and Bosniak parties on electoral reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina scheduled for Tuesday was not held, according to information from BiH. No reasons were given from either side.

“Croatia has pointed out that it would like to see a European Council debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the state secretary at the foreign ministry, Andreja Metelko Zgombić, said.

The dangerous Ukraine situation should not overshadow the situation in BiH, which is at a key moment of talks on electoral reform aimed at eliminating all forms of discrimination in the election process and ensuring the right of the constituent peoples to elect their representatives, the state secretary added.

Electoral reform in BiH is stalled for the time being. The Croatian side opposes holding elections under the current law, which allows Bosniak voters to vote for Croatian candidates not coming from the Croatian parties.

Elections are planned for October, and electoral reform, as well as limited constitutional reform, should pass through parliament to be valid. Time is a key factor in the process.

Croatian President Zoran Milanović attacked the High Representative for BiH Christian Schmidt, who recently said elections will be held with or without electoral reform.

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