Bosniak Officials Tone Down Croatia Bridge Argument

Bosniak member in the Bosnian presidency told reporters in Sarajevo that it would be incorrect to assume Bosnia was against the construction of the Pelješac Bridge. Bakir Izetbegović said that Bosnia wants to be a good neighbor to Croatia, while expecting the same from that country.

“We (shouldn’t) create problems to each other or violate each other’s rights,” Izetbegović said, adding that Croatia has the right to connect its territory and Bosnia has the right to have access to international waters.

“I hope that Croatia will move in that direction,” said Izetbegović.

We are talking about a comprehensive demarcation between Bosnia and Croatia, with focus on demarcation at sea

The presidency member said that Bosnia doesn’t want to stop the construction of the Pelješac bridge, but only to protect its rights without violating Croatia’s rights. He said he hoped that the Croatian officials will be reasonable, not only in the case of the Pelješac bridge, but also in other cases, such as the Buško lake in Bosnia, used by Croatia for electricity production without a formal agreement with Bosnia.

Chairman of the Bosnian Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdić, said that the issue of border demarcation with Croatia was reduced to the issue of Pelješac bridge construction.

“We are talking about a comprehensive demarcation between Bosnia and Croatia, with focus on demarcation at sea that is in the interest of Bosnia, which means respecting the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” he said.

He said that it means the definition of a corridor that will not be just for “unhindered passage” of vessels, but a corridor through which vessels can enter and exit and a corridor that will enable potential investments in the infrastructure without obstacles.

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