Izetbegovic on the Issue of merging of Cantons

December 29, 2015 7:15 PM

(ANADOLU AJANSI-SAMIR YORDAMOVIC) (20120531)At a New Year’s press conference of the SDA, Bakir Izetbegovic said that he is expecting proposals of HDZ B&H on reorganization of Mostar soon, while they should wait with the merger of cantons until 2018.

He emphasized that he is expecting from the HDZ B&H to propose certain solutions and to come out to meet the Bosniaks with some kind of “positive discrimination” because they are minority in that city. Izetbegovic is expecting the proposal of HDZ B&H in the upcoming days.

SDA, on the other hand, have certain solutions related to a verdict “Sejdic-Finci”.

“One thing is certain, we will not go for the separation of Mostar, or the formation of some kind of third entity,” said Izetbegovic.

Regarding the merger of cantons, Izetbegovic said that it is something that is quite realistic and necessary for this country.

“We have more than 600 parliamentarians and 167 ministers, with everything that is accompanying it.  More than 80 % of these is in the FB&H, while the RS is simpler and better organized part of B&H. It is quite logical to unite the two governments and the two parliaments. For example, if we merge BPK with CS or if we unite ZDK and BPK Gorazde with CS. Look what a simplification we would get if these 2 cantons would rely on the strength of Sarajevo,” said Izetbegovic.

However, he noted that these changes would need to be done after the election in 2018.

“Now some people took certain positions and it will be very difficult to change it. After 2018, there will be new appointments and by then we can do a very logical simplification,” said Izetbegovic.

Izetbegovic noted that he launched this idea to the public so that everyone can say what’s wrong with this kind of simplification.

“There is no third entity or ethnically pure territories if, for example, we connect the CBC and the HNC. Here you have 60 or 70 % of Croats who would live together with the Bosniaks,” said Izetbegovic.

(Source: N. N./Klix.ba)

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