“The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs rejects in the strongest terms the malicious insinuations that are detrimental to Croatia’s interests, about Croatia’s having endorsed conclusions that do not guarantee the rights of the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a constituent people,” Grlić Radman told a news conference in Zagreb.
In a letter he forwarded to Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Wednesday, Milanović expressed dissatisfaction with and opposition to the Council of the EU conclusions, adopted on Tuesday, claiming that they do not guarantee rights to Bosnia and Herzegovina Croats as a constituent people in the country.
Grlić Radman today said that the conclusions’ making mention of the Dayton Agreement “implies the constitutionality of the three peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
The minister described Milanović’s criticism as an attempt to destabilise the government.
While earlier conclusions of the Council of the EU, adopted during the terms of previous Croatian governments, made no mention of the constituent peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the part of Tuesday’s conclusions concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina and the election reform in that country makes mention, at Croatia’s request, of the importance of implementing rulings by the BiH Constitutional Court, which was not envisaged by earlier drafts, the minister said.
Grlić Radman said that the message of the conclusions adopted by the General Affairs Council was unequivocal: it is necessary to eliminate all forms of inequality and discrimination in the election process and implement decisions of Bosnia’s Constitutional Court as well as the Sejdić-Finci ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.
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