Dubrovnik-Neretva County’s Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić releases a statement regarding the latest statements regarding the construction of Pelješac Bridge from neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina. We bring you the necessary parts here.
”For Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Pelješac Bridge is an undisputed priority and strategic issue of the linking of Croatia and the European Union, so we can’t ignore the statements of BiH Presidency member Bakir Izetbegovic asking for the [idea of] the bridge to be dropped.
We have experienced a lot of disappointments and unfulfilled promises. Now that we have managed to get more than two billion kunas from European Union funds for this project, we can hardly understand the motives of this unfounded attack on the most important Croatian project.
We perceive it as yet another clash in relations with the Republic of Croatia, a clash with the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also a strange attitude towards the European Union.
All that needs to be agreed between the Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina about the construction of Pelješac Bridge has been agreed, they are are environmental protection issues and to make sure that the dimensions of the bridge ensure safe passage to the open sea – a width of 200 meters and a height of 55 meters. All this was agreed in 2006, before the start of construction (2007), so it is even more surprising that such a request appears now.
The bridge would, if there were no economic crisis and political games in Croatia, have already been built by now. Experts have explained that even under the Provisional Border Agreement signed by Tudjman and Izetbegovic, the bridge would be built entirely on Croatian territory. We will remind ourselves, however, that this Agreement was established at the expense of the Republic of Croatia. Pelješac Bridge has to be built, it will be built and it would be nice for our neighbours to refrain from interfering with Croatia’s internal issues and to respect the importance that this project holds for us.
And we will know very well how to fight for our interests and protect them from similar encroachments and imputation.”