Not only will Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) not recognize Kosovo – it will not even consider doing it, says the country’s foreign minister, Igor Crnadak.
Crnadak told the agency Fena on Friday that Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj urging Sarajevo to recognize Kosovo “will have no effect,” and described Haradinaj’s statements as “futile.”
The issue of recognizing Kosovo will not even be considered by the end of the mandate of the current Council of Ministers, he added.
“There is no recognition of Kosovo in BiH not thanks to the position of Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) and Croats, but precisely because of the position of representatives of the Serb Republic (RS), and those parties that make up the authorities on the BiH level, and are in power in the RS. Everyone’s united on this issue and there is no chance of that situation changing,” Crnadak said.
The minister added that there was agreement in BiH to try and simplify the visa regime, and facilitate the of people and goods, especially when it comes to business people, in order to increase economic activity.
“Generally speaking, we should try to simplify a lot of things to make life easier for ‘ordinary’ people and everyday functioning. However, in the sense of a change in the position of BiH when it comes to recognizing Kosovo, this will definitely not be discussed,” Crnadak concluded.
Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday called on Sarajevo to recognize the self-proclaimed independence of Kosovo.
During the celebration of the Day of Bosniaks, at the Kosovo government, he urged Kosovo Bosniaks to send a message to official Sarajevo to “take the steps necessary to recognize Kosovo’s independence,” RTK 2 reported.
According to this, he also suggested to start by recognizing documents, “to allow citizens to move freely.”
Haradinaj also said that Kosovo Bosniaks have good historical relations with Albanians, but also with other communities in Kosovo.
Bosniaks have one ministerial post in the Kosovo government, and are represented by three deputies in the Assembly.