Some media outlets in Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as Oslobođenje daily newspaper or BiH’s N1 broadcaster reported today that Milanović had said he was “the president of Croats in BiH”.
They left out part of the statement in which Milanović said that Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, just like Croats in New York, had Croatian citizenship and the right to vote in the election and that it was “a formal and legal fact that he is also their president”.
He stressed that this was with “full respect for the countries” in which they live.
The statement was made in response to a reporter’s question asking him to comment on the situation when Željko Komšić, the current chairman of the BiH tripartite Presidency who sits in the presidency as the Croat member, came to the UN General Assembly.
“Komšić came here as one of the Presidency members, I don’t know… on whose behalf he’s speaking, even if he was the representative of Croats because… I said I was the president of Croatia, the president of Croatian citizens, Croats and, in a way, of those Croats living in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” as stipulated by the Constitution, said Milanović.
He added that he had often raised the issue of the voting right of Croatian citizens outside Croatia, in a bid to reduce it to a reasonable level, and his argument for that had been also not to undermine the neighbouring country where the polling stations for Croatian elections were also set up.
Earlier, Milanović also met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
I have been telling Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan all this time that there is absolutely no one in Croatia who would talk about secession, which is something we can hear from some other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and that isn’t smart, it isn’t necessary, Milanović said.
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