Presidency "won't discuss Kosovo"

SARAJEVO -- Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency member Nebojša Radmanović said on Wednesday that this institution has "an unequivocal stand" regarding Kosovo.

This means that the country has not recognized Kosovo and that it will not discuss this issue in the foreseeable future, he explained.

Reacting to a request from the Forum of Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) of Kosovo that Bosnia should recognize Kosovo, Radmanović said that those making such demands must consider "what kind of state Bosnia-Herzegovina is, what tendencies are present, and what could be the consequences of such a move".

"Sometimes, thinking with the heart is not good for the bigger political goals," he was quoted as saying.

As a member of the Presidency, Radmanović said, he would not comment on this request in concrete terms as he does not have sufficient information.

The Forum of Bosniaks of Kosovo asked Bosnia to "recognize the independence of Kosovo, and consequently, as soon as possible to recognize the travel documents of Kosovo citizens so that Bosniaks and other citizens of Kosovo can travel freely to the Bosnia".

The forum was attended by Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Cerić, and also Islamic Community in Serbia leader Muamer Zukorlić.

The premier of Bosnia's Serb entity, RS, reacted to Cerić's visit. Milorad Dodik said that the trip was political, and that Cerić's activities "clearly speak that he is a factor of disturbance in Bosnia and the whole region".

Kosovo's ethnic Albanians in February 2008 unilaterally declared independence. The proclamation, rejected as illegal in Belgrade, has not been recognized by Bosnia.