BiH Presidency Chairman Covic: We have to restore mutual trust, BiH cannot be country of one people

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In an interview to Banja Luka-based Glas Srpske, Chairman of the Presidency of BiH and HDZ BiH leader Dragan Covic said that the lack of mutual trust is far worse than constant turbulences on political scene in BiH. 

We have to find the way out and restore mutual trust at least a little bit… We have to do that in order to have the NATO Membership Action Plan activated by the end of the year, the status of the EU Candidate Country obtained at the beginning of next year and economic stability restored by general elections (in 2018)”, Covic said.

He noted that “reform path is unstoppable, even though some wants to stop it”, adding that “coordination mechanism in BiH has to start functioning”.

Covic announced that Chairman of the Council of Ministers (CoM) of BiH Denis Zvizdic would have to present the progress report at every session of the Presidency of BiH, starting on August 23, and explain what exactly the problem is in the process of country’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration.  

Furthermore, HDZ BiH leader refused to comment on statements that he and President of the RS Milorad Dodik have teamed up to destroy BiH.

Covic explained that he was doing everything he can to make BiH start functioning as a normal state, “and normal state would be European BiH in which three constituent peoples are completely equal”.

It is clear that those who want to create some other kind of state, unitary or a state of one people, an individual or one policy, would have me as an adversary, regardless of what they might be saying about it”, Covic concluded.

He also said that he expected Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to visit BiH within a month.

I hope that Vucic will arrive in BiH within the next 20 days or so. Since it is going to be a two-day visit, I expect a lot from it”, Covic said, adding that he hopes Vucic’s visit will strengthen relations between BiH and Serbia and have an influence on relations in the entire region.