Slovak minister: If I were Bosnian, I'd be protesting

Slovak Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajcak has said that "in recent times, the Balkans made incredible progress."

Source: Tanjug
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"Perhaps some skeptics are surprised, but I see it as another confirmation that the Balkans undoubtedly belongs to the European family," he said in an interview for the CorD magazine.

Lajcak added that "the acceleration of the enlargement in late 2013 and the beginning of 2014 was the best evidence that the EU is looking positively at the situation in the Balkans."

Speaking about the dialogue between Belgrade and Priština, the Slovak official said that "the biggest challenge is the continuation of the dialogue, both on the political and technical level, but also implementation of the agreements already reached."

According to him, "agreements from the dialogue in any case envisage legal and constitutional changes, which is not unusual, because every country, a new member of the EU, had to alter or amend its constitution in some way." According to the article, he added that "in this regard I am sure you will find the appropriate legal formulation and it will not be a tragedy for Serbia, as some are trying to portray it."

As for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lajcak said he was "not at all surprised by the mass protests."

"They've seen too much injustice in the economy and society of their country, as well as incompetence, lack of the rule of law and high levels of corruption. Their desperation is fueled by the current situation and bleak prospects. It made them take to the streets," said Lajcak.

"Moreover, if I were a citizen of Bosnia-Herzegovina, I would participate in the protests because their politicians bear a huge share of responsibility for the situation in which the country finds itself," he said, and added:

"Turning up the pressure on them is the only way to get them to commit to solving problems."

Lajcak also said that "a lack of determination on the part of politicians (in Bosnia) caused the stagnation in all fields, including the process of Euro-Atlantic integration."

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