Media reported that the FAC basically rejected Croatia’s initiative for the Council to call for changes to the Election Law in BiH, as the foreign affairs ministers of the EU Member Countries did not agree to take a concrete stance on the issue of Election Law or the election of DF leader Zeljko Komsic as the new Croat member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The ministers emphasized that the priority should be set on formation of authorities and implementation of reforms.
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said that ministers had three main messages: “First, an invitation or an appeal to form a government as soon as possible - now that the electoral results have been made official; second, to focus one hundred percent on the reform agenda - which is what the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and especially the younger ones expect to see. That is also linked to the EU perspective of the country. And third, to focus on the electoral law reform and addressing the concerns about that”.
“There is an overall agreement among all ministers on the fact that we need to keep very intense work with all the political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina and we will come back not only to Bosnia and Herzegovina, but to the entire region of the Western Balkans at the Foreign Affairs Council in December”, said Mogherini.
Croatia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Marija Pejcinovic Buric said after the session that many EU Member Countries had expressed concern over the implementation of election results in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with some of them believing that everything will be resolved through the European path of the country.
“I think that some countries which are closer to BiH or have experience with BiH have better understanding of the situation - that it is necessary to politically stabilize the situation after elections, and then proceed with what is surely in the interest of all - and that is the European path”, said Pejcinovic Buric.
She reminded that the Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA) and the Constitution of BiH, as an integral part of the DPA, had been created a long time ago, and admitted that after more than 20 years Europe was taking a different direction - towards the civic principle.
“States have different stances there as well - about whether one should look at BiH through the existing Constitution and provisions of the Dayton Agreement, and those are constituent position of peoples and representation of all other citizens in a way it was defined, or to take the path which the acquis somewhat defines, which is that countries should be organized in a modern way, so that there is above all the ‘one person, one vote’ model, if we are talking about elections”, explained Pejcinovic Buric.
She believes that at this point in time, one should respect what already exists, and those are the Constitution of BiH and the DPA, and then search through the accession process for solutions that would be in line with what the EU membership requires.