Bosnia and Herzegovina has no access to the European Union with an international community High Representative and a constitution given as a present, and must build a just peace which was not provided for in the Dayton peace agreement, Bosnian President Ivo Miro Jovic has said.
He was speaking at a joint press conference with his Croatian counterpart Stjepan Mesic in Zagreb on Friday after meeting on the fringes of a summit of Central European presidents.
The two officials discussed economic relations, which Mesic said needed to be advanced, notably in the economy. At the summit, Jovic informed the participants that December would see the tenth anniversary of the Dayton agreement, which he said was no longer a satisfactory framework. Jovic said the Dayton agreement had ended the war, but did not provide for a just peace, which was why the country was at the stage of building a just peace though a Bosnian constitution. The constitution needs to be changed so that Bosnia could have legislation in accordance with European standards, which is what all the countries that joined the European Union in 2004 had done, said Jovic.
Asked to comment on the case of fugitive Ante Jelavic, a former senior Bosnian Croat official convicted for embezzling funds which Croatia had sent as assistance to Bosnian Croats, Jovic said this was the judiciary's concern and that therefore he could not comment on it.
President Mesic said it was now Croatia's turn to prosecute the people who had given billions of kuna to people who spent them non-transparently. Jovic described as "shameful" a journalist's request to comment on the fact that the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ BH) was advocating a third entity in Bosnia and ethnically divided schools. "Croats do not have those rights now, so you from the media should help them win them," he said.