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Türkiye, Bosnia Herzegovina to improve strong relations: Bosnian Foreign Minister

‘We are constantly working to improve our relations,’ says Bisera Turkovic

Mustafa Talha Öztürk   | 18.06.2022
Türkiye, Bosnia Herzegovina to improve strong relations: Bosnian Foreign Minister


Türkiye and Bosnia and Herzegovina are constantly working to improve already strong relations, Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic said before an official visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to Sarajevo.

Turkovic told Anadolu Agency that Cavusoglu's visit is proof of cooperation and good relations between the two countries.

"We mutually nourish our relations strongly. We are constantly working to improve our relations. We have many agreements signed with Turkey and we are very pleased with it,” she said, adding that an agreement will be signed during the visit.

Turkovic expressed concerns about the crisis in Ukraine spreading to the Western Balkans, saying that the war in Ukraine affected Bosnia and countries in the region.

''Most of the region is not a member of the EU or NATO. Bosnia and Herzegovina will never be destroyed despite separatist rhetoric,'' she said.

Bosnian leaders accept an agreement Sunday that ensures the country's functionality and EU path.

The document, Political agreement on principles for ensuring a functional Bosnia and Herzegovina that advances on the European path, was accepted by 12 participants in a meeting, while two refrained.

"The step taken is very important for Bosnia and Herzegovina to get candidate status. Considering the situation in Ukraine spreading to the Western Balkans, the EU membership path is a key factor for the stability and security of Bosnia and Herzegovina,'' said Turkovic.  

Political dispute

Bosnia-Herzegovina is currently embroiled in a political conflict between Bosniaks and Serbs living in the country.

The dispute erupted after Valentin Inzko, then-high representative, amended the criminal code in July to ban the denial of genocide and the glorification of war criminals.

Bosnian Serb lawmakers in response said they would boycott the country's institutions.

Milorad Dodik denounced the amendments and pushed for controversial separatist moves in the Republika Srpska parliament.

The steps have been criticized internationally for violating the 1995 Dayton Accords and undermining the country's Constitution.​​​​​​​

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