Bosnia on alert after developments in France, Turkey

Bosnia and Herzegovina law enforcement agencies' top officials convened in Sarajevo on Saturday to analyse the security situation in the country in the wake of the terror attack in Nice on Thursday and the attempted coup in Turkey on late Friday night, and concluded that the situation was under control but that it was necessary to step up alert.

After the meeting of the top officials who make up this "crack anti-terror task force", the task force chairman and Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said that they had discussed a plan for evacuation of Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens from Turkey, but they concluded that there was no need for that move in light of the fact that no Bosnian citizen in Turkey asked for that sort of assistance.

"None of Bosnian citizens staying in Turkey wanted to come back" Zvizdic told reporters.

According to him. Bosnia and Herzegovina's authorities strongly support the Turkish authorities led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"We strongly support democratic institutions of Turkey and we believe that a coup  d'etat or any violent overthrow is not fitting for a democratic order," Zvizdic said.

He confirmed that the police had granted a request for a rally of support to Erdogan that brought together a few hundred supporters of the Turkish President in Bascarsija, the landmark of the old city of Sarajevo, on Saturday morning. The activists carried flags of Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina and criticised Erdogan's political opponent  Fethullah Gulen.

Zvizdic sent a letter of support to his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim. The current chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, also sent a letter of support to Erdogan.

Izatbegovic held an improptu news conference at which he described those who attempted the coup as "a sick part of the Turkish military and state." Turkey will get rid of that sick part of the military, he said.

Last update: Sat, 16/07/2016 - 16:51

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