Chairman of the BiH Presidency Željko Komšić and Members of the Presidency Dr Haris Silajdžić and Nebojša Radmanović received delegation of the United States Congress
Chairman of the BiH Presidency Željko Komšić and Members of the BiH Presidency Dr Haris Silajdžić and Nebojša Radmanović received the delegation of the United States Congress. The delegation was headed by Senator Joseph Lieberman, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senator John McCain, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
BiH Presidency Chairman Željko Komšić expressed his satisfaction with the interest that the United States took in Bosnia and Herzegovina and expressed gratitude for everything the United States did for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He said that the United States supported Bosnia and Herzegovina’s effort to join the EU and NATO, adding that it was an existential issue in this country. However, in order to achieve sustainable stability and progress it is important for all countries in the region to become EU member states, added Mr Komšić.
Furthermore, he outlined that Bosnia and Herzegovina was facing a political crisis caused by internal political issues and incapability to reach an agreement on constitutional changes and that the support of the United Statues was very important. He also underlined that it was necessary to reach an agreement on constitutional changes to be implemented following the general elections.
Member of the BiH Presidency Dr Haris Silajdžić thanked the United States Congress delegation for their visit and interest that the United States took in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Dr Silajdžić’s opinion NATO membership is a strategic priority for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He asked Senators and Congressmen to urge the United States to support application of Bosnia and Herzegovina for NATO Member Action Plan at the forthcoming meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers. He welcomed the Act initiated by Senator Kerry and Senator Lugar (NATO – Western Balkans Support Act, providing full support to endeavors of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to become NATO members, emphasizing that its adoption would serve as an encouragement to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Highlighting that integration process of BiH into NATO generated successful reforms in our country, Dr Silajdžić said that NATO membership would significantly improve security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region.
Member of the BiH Presidency Nebojša Radmanović stressed that BiH progressed in the last couple of years and that numerous reforms had been endorsed. Furthermore he added that the way towards EU and NATO was paved and that conditions for visa free regime were fulfilled. Mr Radmanović said he hoped that BiH would be granted visa-free travel which would lead our country to EU candidate status.
He outlined that BiH achieved progress mostly in the area of armed forces reform and that commitment of current structures in BiH should be used to promptly reach MAP and NATO.
According to Mr Radmanović, in BiH there are always people who oppose this and it is necessary to make the right move at the right time so that the skepticism is not on the increase.
Radmanović said that everybody in BiH agrees on the issue of path towards EU and NATO, however, there was a wide disagreement when it comes to certain internal issues, adding that taking steps in the area of foreign policy affairs could help solve internal issues. He expressed his disappointment over failure of our country to join NATO MAP but expressed hope that BiH would join MAP at the forthcoming Ministerial meeting.
The Senators voiced their concern about failure of BiH to accomplish progress in political processes in question.
They reiterated that the US remains committed to integrity and sovereignty of BiH, adding that they supported our efforts to join MAP and NATO but that they are worried about the internal political dialogue.
Senators pointed out the importance of finding a comprehensive solution as well as sending a message to NATO, EU and the United States that BiH started working on a solution to domestic political issues.
Senator Lieberman also thanked the Members for participation of our soldiers in peace mission in Iraq and expressed his hope that BiH as a member of UN Security Council would be further engaged in foreign policy.