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The Croatian World Congress (HSK) has called on Bosnian Croat politicians to encourage, with Croatia's support, constitutional changes which would lead to the establishment of a Croat federal unit against Serb separatism and Bosniak unitarism which, according to the HSK, prevent the least numerous people in Bosnia and Herzegovina from being equal to the other two constituent peoples.

In a public appeal forwarded to the media in Mostar and signed by HSK president Vinko Sabljo and spokesman Simun-Sito Coric, the organisation underscores that it will insist on the implementation of a resolution adopted by the European Parliament in 2014 which encouraged the federalisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"We expect Bosnian Croat political representatives to insist on these positions in the coming period and to secure the equal status of all three peoples and the organisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a federation through dialogue with political representatives of the other two peoples and with the full support of the Republic of Croatia (...)," the HSK said.

The organisation underscored that Bosnian Serbs already have an entity -- the Republika Srpska -- which, it said, has been freely carrying out "a separatist policy based on the Memorandum of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU)." Separatism and unitarism have led to this situation, Sabljo and Coric said, adding that the Croats In Bosnia and Herzegovina do not enjoy the same rights as the other two peoples.

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