The separatism pursued by the authorities of the Republika Srpska (Serbian entity) has endangered the economic and financial stability of BiH, and if these trends do not stop, the consequences for the country and the entities could be very serious, warned an official of the International Monetary Fund.
Alina Iancu, who took up her post as Head of Mission for Bosnia and Herzegovina at IMF Headquarters in Washington, said in an interview with Nezavisne Novine from Banja Luka that the country’s political developments in question believe her economy would grow by 4.5% of GDP.
The US Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, also met in Sarajevo with members of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AmCham BiH) and Milorad Dodik, leader of the Republika Srpska.
Dodik, after meeting with Escobar, explained the problem with the army. “The public should know that the Armed Forces of BiH cannot fulfill the quotas as planned for Serbs and Croats because people do not want to go to this army. The solution we see is reduction, because we don’t want Bosnians to fill the quotas of Serbs and Croats and one day get a Muslim army. “
Escobar said the meeting was “productive” and that they had discussed the withdrawal of potentially destabilizing legislation.
“I was happy to have had a productive meeting with Mr. Dodik where he was open to discuss the withdrawal of all laws that would weaken central institutions [of the state] so that we can continue to work on economic integration issues, ”Escobar said at a press conference.
As tensions continue to simmer in the region, a group of members of the US Congress have sent a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to consider imposing sanctions on those who destabilize the Western Balkans.
(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)