Milanović Says No One Wants Bosnia to Join EU as Much as Croatia

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President Zoran Milanovic
President Zoran Milanovic

“There is no state which wants BiH to enter the European Union as much and which is working on that as much as Croatia. For sentimental, but often purely selfish reasons. That’s in the interest of the community I represent,” Milanović said in Livno, BiH.

He was speaking at a ceremony marking 30 years of a military operation in which Croatian units stopped the Yugoslav People’s Army and Serb forces from conquering Livno and cutting Croatia in two.

Milanović laid a wreath and lit candles at a monument to fallen Croatian defenders in the town.

He said questions would be raised about the motives of his messages in Livno, adding that Zagreb is pushing for BiH’s perspective much more strongly “than a larger part of Sarajevo.”

“This is important for us. For us, this is a security, emotional and state issue of a neighbouring state.”

Milanović criticised international officials’ treatment of BiH, notably attempts to “organise elections by force” and to defeat Croats in them.

“Agreements await you, not battles. Not all is lost. I will do everything so that not all is lost, so that you are represented by the people you elect.”

He said the fundamental principles of the Dayton peace agreement were undermined in preparing general elections for October.

“That’s not the path to Europe. A European state doesn’t function like that,” Milanović said, adding that he is not a nationalist, of which some Bosniak politicians and part of the public accuse him.

Speaking of the Croatian military victory in the Livno field, he said Croatia would never forget that. “Thirty years ago, BiH, the European BiH, was defended here with rare courage, as well as the Croatian coast. Croatia can’t forget that.”

He said that if Croatia and BiH had not had an armament embargo but had available arms as Ukraine did today, the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar “would not have fallen, the tanks would not have crossed the Danube.”

Croatian National Assembly of BiH president Dragan Čović said the attempts to divide Croats in BiH would not succeed and that the principles from the country’s Constitution for which the defenders had fought would be preserved.

“We neither did nor will allow constituency, equality and sovereignty to disappear from the Constitution,” he said, adding that BiH will be the homeland of the Croatian people.

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