Croatia About to Come into Conflict with NATO, Says Komšić

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“Croatia is coming into conflict with NATO because it insists on the obsolete concept of constituent peoples,” Komšić, who is the Croat member of the tripartite BiH Presidency, was quoted by the BiH Presidency as saying.

Komšić believes that Croatia does not have the power to block the principles of the declaration to be adopted at the end of a NATO summit to be held in Brussels on Monday.

“A country like Croatia can hardly prevent what is in NATO’s interest, and it can even less do so by advocating what is contrary to NATO and EU standards,” he added.

The European Court of Human Rights rulings regarding election reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the country’s national programme of reforms, sent to NATO, prefer the quality of all citizens, Komšić said.

“NATO should now decide if it cares more about its standards and interests or the anti-NATO and anti-European standards of Croatian officials,” Komšić said.

Croat parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina contest Komšić’s legitimacy as the Croat member of the country’s three-member presidency, claiming that he was elected predominantly by Bosniak voters.

The leaders of NATO’s 30 member-states, including President Milanović, will gather in Brussels on Monday for a summit at which decisions on the alliance’s reforms in the period until 2030 are expected to be made.

Milanović has said that he will not consent to the summit’s closing declaration if it failed to mention the Dayton agreement, which put an end to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995, and its three constituent peoples.

“I do not intend to return to Zagreb with that. It shows what kind of plans for Bosnia and Herzegovina some international circles have and Croatia will not agree to that,” Milanović said.

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