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Lajčák Talks with Dodik and Čović

Lajčák Talks with Dodik and Čović

27.10.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák met with Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the leader of the party the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), and Dragan Čović, Deputy Speaker of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BaH) and the leader of the Croatian Democratic Union of BaH (HDZ), in Bratislava today (27 October 2019). The meeting followed up on the previous activities of Slovakia’s Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and contributed to the international mediation among the political parties of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its objective is to endorse the search for a solution to the political stalemate, due to which the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina have been blocked for more than a year since the last general elections.  Minister Lajčák encouraged both partners that, despite the lack of agreement among European leaders concerning the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, they should nonetheless use each and every opportunity to demonstrate concrete steps to approximate the values and standards of Bosnia and Herzegovina to those of the EU.  He deemed the formation of the new Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina to be a priority, which would help to find an internal consensus concerning the trans-Atlantic ties of the country, that would be acceptable for all the relevant political stakeholders of the country.