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Dzaferovic: BiH's Muslims don't need to be integrated, we're already Europeans

December 22, 2021
BiH tripartite Presidency member Sefik Dzaferovic said that the statement by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who said integrating Bosnia and its two million Muslims into the European Union represents a “challenge”, is “shameful,” arguing that Bosnia’s Muslims do not need to be integrated at all since they are Europeans and have always been that.
Dzaferovic argued that the real challenges the European Union is facing are “radical, xenophobic, racist policies” some within it are advocating and that there is no European Union if such policies have a future.
“It is not a challenge for the EU to integrate two million Muslims, because we are an indigenous European people who have always lived here and we are Europeans,” he said, arguing that Bosniaks have protected universal values of civilization, even during the war in the country.
The EU should be built based on the unity of diversity, on the protection of individual human freedoms and rights, and on the European Convention on Human Rights, he stressed.
“We also believe in such an EU and we want to go to such an EU, not the EU advocated by Orban and the clique that responded yesterday with these shameful messages,” Dzaferovic told Hayat.
He also commented on documents that allegedly implied the European Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi agreed with BiH Presidency member, Milorad Dodik, in late November on organising a special session of the National Assembly of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity which took place on December 10th. MPs expressed support for an initiative to withdraw the RS from numerous state institutions at that session.
“It is unacceptable for any EU official to make any agreements that would mean holding the RS Assembly session and adopting those conclusions, which would mean the beginning of a blow to the constitutional order of BiH. Varhelyi and the head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Johann Sattler, should explain this to the public,” he said.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/dzaferovic-bihs-muslims-dont-need-to-be-integrated-were-already-europeans/ 

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