Following The International Court of Justice in The Hague denied the request for the revision of the judgment of BiH against Serbia, should we expect a new crisis for which the HDZ will bear responsibility after the amendment on the Election Law, for which Mladen Bosić has already warned us?
- I do not want to comment on something that did not happen. What is most important right now is to return to reforms and the European integration process. One of our obligations is to implement the Sejdić - Finci judgment, which entails amendments to the BiH Election Law. Representatives of the Croatian people have certain suggestions, or ambitions on these amendments, and we should regard it in a normal atmosphere, and see that if through dialogue we can reach acceptable changes.
Bridge by Gradiška
I would not like to talk about a crisis that has not occured, and we need to enter a dialogue about amendments to the Election Law in the calmest way possible. We will see where it will take us.
Has the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepared an agenda for the joint session with the Croatian government, and which of the items would you say is most important?
- From the point of view of the ministry I'm leading, European partnership will be at the center of the meeting of the Council of Ministers, the Croatian Government. This includes a new, formal framework for our cooperation when it comes to support for Bosnia and Herzegovina's path towards European integration. It also includes the forming of special international bodies for the following of this cooperation, as well as a much more systematic approach.
If I was looking from the point of view of someone in the Council of Ministers who was representing Republika Srpska, the priority would be the building of the bridge by Gradiška. This is perhaps the most important infrastructure project currently in the works between Croatia and BiH.
And we should also not forget about the numerous objections from the RS government stating that this project is suffering because of the bridge by Svilaja, even though the paperwork was not completed.
- There was a problem with the documentation and expired licenses, and certain shortcomings when it came to the financing for which Croatia was reponsible. However, according to the information I have been given, this has been overcome, and we can expect the building to commence. The joint session will be extremely important for this matter as well.
Is it true that the former mayor of Trebinje, Slavko Vučurević, is considered for BiH's ambassador in Slovenia?
- The BiH Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an institution, and I as its minister, have nothing to do with the naming of ambassadors. The procedure is completely in the hands of the BiH Presidency. Frankly, I cannot say anything specific about it, because it is their job. If you are asking me about this name in particular, I can say that if the BiH Presidency choses him, he would certainly make a good ambassador.
I am asking because Mr.Vučurević, like you, is also the Vice-President of the PDP.
- I am saying that if he were to be chosen, he would make a good ambassador, because I know how he works, not because he is a member of the PDP.
Last time, when we spoke about BiH property around the world, you told me that we are not in need of a "Ferrari." Has progress been made when it comes to the sales of large properties, purchases of new property, and what should we expect this year?
- I think that this idea was made public for the first time in Oslobodjenje, and I can say that we are still working on it, and that we had certain improvements when it comes to successions. For example, we acquired a new property in Kenya, in an elite location in downtown Nairobi, and we are expecting to acquire other properties as well. As you know, the commission put in place by the Council of Ministers ended its task and purchased objects in Belgrade and Zagreb, where our embassies will move this year, which is very positive, because the money was standing for six years, and we were making unnecessary losses.
I still think that it is the best solution for us, and that is why, after a few more consultations, I will offer a solution of what to do with certain objects, for which I believe the best thing is to sell them and to purchase objects that meet our needs. That is how we could lower the obligations we have for the leases and increase the number of objects in our possession.
What is your view on the strong commitments from the RS budget for mission offices around the world, some of which are closed, although the RS government does not want to admit it?
- I am always very careful with this. I think it is a good thing that Republika Srpska has an international presence, and I believe that the idea of having mission offices abroad is positive. However, it is clear that it is not being done in the right way, that money is not being spent in a transparent way, and that they do not serve the purpose of increasing RS' presence and position, but private interests instead. All in all, we have seen a significant amount of money lost in lobbying efforts in the U.S, which resulted in the sanctioning of the RS president. This is perhaps the most graphic example of how the job was carried out by amateurs, and how those involved were not up to the task.
Translated by: Tea IVANOVIĆ
(Original version: Selidbe u Beogradu i Zagrebu)