Bosniaks to Organise Protest Against Croatian President in Sarajevo

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The Croatian President will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina this week.

On Wednesday, the day when Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosniak Movement will organise a protest in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Sarajevo, reports on January 15, 2018.

According to the Bosnian media, the Bosniak Movement will protest due to, as they say, the apparent intention of the leadership of the neighbouring state to base the policy of interstate relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina on the principles and goals of the former Croatian President Franjo Tuđman’s policies, which existed from 1991 to 1995.

They claim that, due to the policies of Franjo Tuđman, former Croatian Defense Minister Gojko Šušak and others, the Hague Tribunal confirmed Croatia’s aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina and an attempt to divide the country. However, the legal process in the Hague to which they refer, did not involve Croatia and was focused on the actions of individuals and not states.

They further add that, in the same verdict, six Bosnian Croats, who were former leaders of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, were sentenced to more than 110 years in prison for their part in a joint criminal enterprise and the mass expulsion of Bosniaks, as well as a Serb-Croat attempt to divide Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s.

The protesters plan to handed over a letter to the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia which will be addressed to President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović and the entire Croatian public.

The Croatian President will arrive on an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, the same day when the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly will consider amendments to the Election Law, as proposed by HDZ BiH, the main Croatian party in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Croatian President advocates for changes to the existing electoral law in Bosnia and Herzegovina which currently discriminates against Croats living in that country and is not in accordance with the Bosnian constitution.

The President’s recent meeting with controversial Turkish President Erdogan was used to convince him to pressure Bosniak leaders into supporting the proposed legislative changes, drew criticism from Bosniak parties, who said that Bosnia and Herzegovina’s internal matters should be discussed within the state and not by the leaders of other countries. It isn’t yet clear whether or not the President was successful in her lobbying efforts.


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