New York, 14. svibnja 2013.

Govor stalnog predstavnika RH tijekom rasprave Vijeća sigurnosti UN-a o situaciji u Bosni i Hercegovini

Mr. President,

At the outset, please allow me to extend my sincere congratulations to your Excellency on the occasion of assuming the presidency of the Security Council for the month of May.

Let me also extend my welcome to His Excellency Mr. Valentin Inzko, High Representative and thank him for his briefing and his report.

Croatia also aligns itself with the statement of the EU.

Mr. President,

Stability and prosperity of Bosnia and Herzegovina is crucial for stability of the whole region of South-East Europe. Croatia therefore wholeheartedly supports the development of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a fully functional state for the benefit of all its citizens and strongly supports the prospect of the country’s full membership in NATO and EU.

However, we note with regret that despite some positive developments in the rest of the region, such as the agreement between Belgrade and Priština and the Montenegro’s progress in the Euro-Atlantic integration processes, in Bosnia and Herzegovina progress has stalled in almost all areas, including the EU agenda.

Since High Representative’s previous report in November last year, there has been no significant progress in strengthening of institutions, constitutional framework or the implementation of the necessary reforms.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is at the cross-roads. On one hand there is the Dayton Agreement and on the other the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the Sejdić-Finci case. We believe that the democratic equality of all citizens and institutional equality of the three constituent peoples are both crucial for the viability and stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In our view, political and national representation should not result in any form of ethnic majorization, but in a balance of individual and collective rights.

We would also like to reiterate here once again Croatia’s strong support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mr. President,

We sincerely hope that political dialogue and readiness for compromise will yield concrete results and allow for the entry into force of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the EU which would mark an important step forward in the process of European integration and would offer Bosnia and Herzegovina an additional tool for the acceleration of reform processes. We hope that political elites will manage to reach an agreement which will show that they put the interest of the country and all its citizens above the interest of their parties.

Furthermore, for Croatia, as a neighboring country, the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the path towards NATO is of vital importance. Therefore, we call on political leaders in the country to make additional efforts in the implementation of the political agreement reached by the six political parties regarding the resolution of the outstanding issue of military property in order to enable the implementation of the first round of the Action Plan for the NATO membership. In the meantime, the existing cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and NATO should be maintained and enhanced.

The principle of early fulfillment of conditionality, even before the process of institutional negotiations, might not be at all times fully applicable to Bosnia and Herzegovina. We support an approach which would take into consideration a still existing need for a build-up of necessary decision making capacities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, taking into account its distinct complexities.

Croatia has been and will continue to be ready to provide all possible assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina on its Euro-Atlantic path. Part of these efforts is the preparation of the Agreement on Euro-Atlantic partnership between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as talks regarding the economic and other impacts of Croatia's EU membership as of July 1, 2013.

Mr. President,

Let me conclude by stating that the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina is first and foremost the responsibility of its people. But at the same time the international community needs to bear its part of responsibility with an active and sustainable engagement which remains vital for the progress and prosperity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Thank you Mr. President.