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OHR: The time for ideas from alleged non-paper has passed

April 15, 2021

The time for redrawing of borders in the Western Balkans has passed and the international community's position on Bosnia as a united and sovereign country is clear, the High Representative in BiH Valentin Inzko told N1 following the news of an alleged non-paper sent to EU diplomatic circles.

“According to [Lord] Paddy Ashdown [the former High Representative in BiH], the then President of the Republic of Croatia, Dr Franjo Tudjman, ‘revealed’ his policy towards Bosnia and Herzegovina to him personally in London on May 6, 1995, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the victory over fascism. Then, at the urging of Paddy Ashdown, whom he met for the first time in his life, President Tudjman drew a famous ‘napkin’ in which his aspirations for Bosnia and Herzegovina were explicitly outlined.

And in 1996, Momcilo Krajisnik handed me a finely made geographical map at Pale (a Sarajevo neighbourhood), according to which BiH would give up Neum, and Croatia would be formed from ‘one piece’. In return, Bosnia and Herzegovina would get a parcel of approx. 20 kilometres, south of Dubrovnik, on the Montenegrin border. The novelty was in another detail. Half of the coast would belong to the Republika Srpska entity. I keep that map somewhere in Austria.

However, the time for redrawing borders has passed. The Peace Implementation Council’s (PIC) Steering Board has repeatedly reaffirmed its unquestionable commitment to the territorial integrity and fundamental structure of BiH as a single, sovereign state consisting of two entities. The Dayton Peace Agreement does not offer the possibility of state disintegration and in this regard, the OHR's position remains clear and unchanged. Therefore, the public and political discourse in BiH is best focused on how to accelerate reforms in order to improve people's daily lives and improve BiH's path to EU integration,” High Representative Valentin Inzko told N1 commenting on the alleged document sent to the seat of the EU in how to disintegrate Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Slovenian online media outlet necenzurirano.si has published a document which they claim is the non-paper on the Western Balkans, allegedly sent by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa to Brussels, which sparked strong reactions in Bosnia and Herzegovina as parts of the document speak about redrawing of the country's borders.

Speaking to N1, the Slovenian journalist who wrote the article which provoked fierce reactions throughout the region and Europe, Primoz Cirman said that the public in Slovenia was shocked and wondered if it was even possible for their country to get involved in something like this. But he added that it is certain that the Slovenian government distributed it.

Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/ohr-the-time-for-redrawing-of-bih-borders-has-passed/

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