Reiner: Bosnian Croats must have cultural and national autonomy

Croatian Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner said in an interview with the Bosnian issue of the Vecernji List daily which hit the newsstands on Thursday that Bosnia and Herzegovina's stability and membership of the European Union and NATO was in Croatia's critical interest, adding that Croats in Bosnia must have national and cultural autonomy.

"To achieve full equality, it is necessary to make sure that the Croat people too enjoy cultural and national autonomy, identity, language, media and equal job opportunities as the other two constituent peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina," Reiner said.

He refuted a possibility of Croatia interfering in Bosnia's internal affairs, saying, however, that Zagreb would "tirelessly and without compromise advocate the equal status of the Croat people through diplomatic interventions."

"This is the only way the European Union will accept Bosnia and Herzegovina in its ranks. Bosnia's European path, stability and functioning are in Croatia's critical interest. Bosnia's stability can be built only on the equal status of all three peoples and their quality of being constituent," Reiner said.

He reiterated that Croatia supported Bosnia's EU membership and its drawing closer to NATO.

Reiner also supported the positions of Bosnian Croat politicians according to which their member of the collective Presidency would be elected by Croats in order to avoid the scenario of having a more numerous people -- Bosniaks -- elect the Croat member of the Bosnian Presidency.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:52

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