There will be no war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Dayton remains the basis of US policy, said Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Željko Komšić today, conveying messages from the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Special Envoy for the Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar, who is on his first official visit to B&H since he was appointed to the post.
After the meeting with Escobar, Komšić told reporters that he said that Serbia is not interested in any kind of conflict in B&H and around B&H, and that the perspective of the entire region is in the integration of all six Western Balkan countries and all initiatives in that direction were acceptable, including the Open Balkans initiative.
He also emphasizes that Escobar's assessment is that everything that is happening in B&H is an artificial crisis, that there is no real basis for it. He also stressed that the United States will monitor the situation, and that nothing regarding changes to any borders, relations defined by the Dayton Peace Agreement, will not be acceptable to the United States.
Chairman Komšić added that the United States believes that the enlargement of the European Union to the Western Balkans is an imperative not only for B&H and this region, but also for the entire European Union.
Although there are different attitudes and approaches of the countries within the European Union, the United States believes that the Western Balkans must go stronger towards the EU integration processes, Komšić emphasizes.
He added that there is a large capacity for economic growth in B&H, which can ensure a significantly better life, and the interlocutors exchanged views on the need for stronger involvement of institutions in addressing corruption.
- Prosecutor's offices must do their job, without looking who they will investigate and call when it comes to corruption and crime - Komšić underlined.
He says that they did not discuss changes to the Election Law that the international community is currently insisting on, and that Escobar did not mention any US sanctions and did not exert any political pressure on pro-Bosnian parties.
- There is no reason not to believe Escobar that there will be no war. He also said that nothing will change regarding Dayton - he pointed out.
As for enlargement, Komšić said that we must not give up on joining the European Union and that no matter how Europe sets itself, B&H must not give up because that would be a punishment for all future generations.