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The Republika Srpska member of the BiH Presidency, Mladen Ivanic, said that today’s statement by the Chairman of the BiH Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, about the alleged persecution of Bosniaks and Croats in Banjaluka in the BiH civil war, undermines any mutual trust in BiH.
“Izetbegovic acted absolutely contrary to the normal and usual functioning of the BiH institutions. He can present his positions, but not at an official meeting where positions are presented on behalf of BiH. It is absolutely unnecessary, inappropriate and rude to answer the questions that are not posed to him. Had he listened more carefully, he could have seen that similar thing could have been said in a more wise way,” Ivanic told reporters in Sarajevo.
According to him, this is one of the things that have happened as of late where one political concept, primarily the Bosniak one, considers that it is entitled to BiH.
“Nothing will come out of it. My future moves should not be a surprise. I will not say what they will be and they will clearly show that BiH is not that which Izetbegovic thinks and that he is not entitled to present his personal positions, which are inappropriate, at such meetings,” Ivanic said.
He said that in the coming days and weeks he expects more reactions to Izetbegovic’s statement since it is undermining any mutual trust in BiH, particularly after the decision on the population census was brought by outvoting, which was the first outvoting since this Council of Ministers has been formed.
“I assure you that this will be the last outvoting and that that which happened will have negative consequences for those who were convinced that they will secure some change in BiH by outvoting, but nothing will come out of it,” Ivanic said.
The Chairman of the BiH Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, abused today’s press conference after the Brdo-Brioni summit in Sarajevo to accuse Republika Srpska and Banjaluka of alleged persecution of Bosniaks and Croats in the BiH civil war.
Even though he was not asked, Izetbegovic stood in defence of Banjaluka Bishop Franjo Komarica who compared Banjaluka with Bleiburg.
“Banjaluka was not a besieged city, but a free city. The state systematically removed Bosniaks and Croats from it. The para-state systematically destroyed 16 mosques,” Izetbegovic said.