Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Civil Affairs Minister Adil Osmanovic said in Sarajevo on Thursday that they would work on specific projects to strengthen cultural cooperation between the two countries.
In 2002, the two countries signed an agreement on cultural, educational and sports cooperation which should now be revived through individual projects.
Hasanbegovic, currently on a working visit, and Osmanovic discussed ways of deepening and expanding the cultural cooperation with specific content.
"I will personally propose a new cooperation agreement on specific programmes so that the (original) agreement would not remain just a dead letter," Hasanbegovic told the press, adding that the Croatian government wished to support all forms of cultural cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina and give it a new dynamic.
In that regard, the Croatian Ministry of Culture will be fully at the disposal of the authorities and cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he added.
As an example, Hasanbegovic cited support to the National Museum in Sarajevo, which has been coping with great difficulties since the 1992-1995 war. He added Croatia would encourage conservation and restoration work in accordance with its interests.
Hasanbegovic said that specific cooperation agreements could be signed at the next joint session of the two governments.
Osmanovic said that one of the joint projects, which is in a final stage, was the nomination of medieval tombstones, known as stecci, for inclusion on UNESCO's world heritage list. The project was launched six years ago and also involves Serbia and Montenegro.
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is expected to decide on the matter at its meeting in Turkey in July. "We expect this work to be brought to conclusion in Istanbul," Osmanovic said.
Osmanovic said that Croatia's support to Bosnia and Herzegovina on its path towards European Union membership was invaluable in all areas, including culture. He said he had no doubt that their further cooperation would be to the benefit of both countries.