Croatian FM rejects diplomatic note from BiH FM on Exclusive Economic Zone

BiH’s Foreign Minister Bisera Turković sent the note after the announcement that Croatia would declare an EEZ, stating that it endangered the rights of BiH, in particular its right to access the high seas. [EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR]

Croatia’s ministry of foreign and European affairs has rejected as unfounded a diplomatic note sent at the end of January by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s foreign ministry related to the announcement of plans to declare an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in Croatia’s part of the Adriatic Sea, the national news agency Hina confirmed on Thursday.

BiH’s Foreign Minister Bisera Turković sent the note after the announcement that Croatia would declare an EEZ, stating that it endangered the rights of BiH, in particular its right to access the high seas.

In its response to Sarajevo, Croatia’s ministry said it saw no reason for such a reaction because there were no violations of international law in this case, which senior BiH’s officials, such as current Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik, agreed with.

The declaration of Croatia’s EEZ will take effect on 13 February, and Croatia’s foreign ministry underscored that this would not affect BiH, as well as Croatia’s Ecological and Fisheries Protection Zone (ZERP) applied to it since 2003, as it will now become the EEZ. 

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

 

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