The survival of Bosnia and Herzegovina and consequently, the stability of the entire region are undermined by separatist and unitarisation policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and local Croats have nothing to do with such polices, nor are they responsible for the ongoing crisis, and they are utterly worried about their own fate, Bosnian Croat leader Dragan Covic writes in a letter sent to international diplomats in Sarajevo.
Covic, the Croat member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, writes that the issues bothering Bosnia and Herzegovina for years are now escalating, and consequences may be far-reaching and are unpredictable.
Covic has sent the letter to the international community's High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, and members of the Peace Implementation Council, amidst rising tensions stemming from the plan of the Bosnian Serb leadership to organise a referendum in the Serb entity on 25 September in an attempt to lessen powers of the country's Constitutional Court. In parallel, distrust among leaders of the Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) and Croat political leaders is also on the rise.
Covic underscores in the letter that the polices pursued by Croat leaders are void of any elements of separatism or unitarisation and that their policies "consistently advocate a combination of consociationalism and federation principles", the only system that can make sure that Bosnia will survive and that all of its citizens throughout the country can exercise their rights and be on an equal footing, according to the letter made public on Thursday.