Ivanic: Izetbegovic’s statement reflects the hypocrisy of Sarajevo’s policy

President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic is welcomed by Dragan Covic, Bakir Izetbegovic and Mladen Ivanic with an official welcoming ceremony in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on September 7, 2017. Samir Yordamovic / Anadolu Agency, Profimedia, Abaca

Bakir Izetbegovic’s statement that Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will recognise Kosovo’s independence reflects the “hypocrisy of Sarajevo’s policy”, Mladen Ivanic, the Serb member of the BiH Presidency, told on Monday.

It is no coincidence the statement was made less than a month before a visit to Belgrade by a BiH delegation, Ivanic said, noting the statement was a conscious attempt to create a negative atmosphere.

“Izetbegovic’s policy is very wrong,” he said, noting the statement would come to nothing.

“I have instruments with which I can and intend to stop that, so BiH will not recognise (Kosovo’s independence). Izetbegovic may want that but it will not happen because, first of all, such a decision will never be on the Presidency’s agenda, and even if it were, I could launch a mechanism called ‘vital national interest,'” Ivanic explained.

Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosniak member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, told Deutsche Welle the BiH should already have recognised Kosovo and that it was planning to do so.

“As far as I am concerned, Kosovo should have already been recognised. Our colleagues will get angry now, and our attempts to make this happen have only caused problems within BiH and have not helped Kosovo.” Izetbegovic conceded that “if Serb representatives in BiH oppose this and everything else, there will be no decision.”

Izetbegovic’s statement would have far-reaching political and legal consequences, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said.

“Some think Serbia has not been humiliated and trampled on enough and that only a Serbia that has been humiliated and trampled on is a good Serbia”, Vucic said in a comment on Izetbegovic’s position on recognition of Kosovo-Metohija, adding that “That interview complicates many things in the region”.

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