RS "ready for joint presentation in Berlin"
RS Prime Minister Željka Cvijanović welcomed the initiative for Belgrade, Banja Luka and Sarajevo to prepare joint projects for the upcoming summit in Berlin.Source: Tanjug
The initiative was presented over the weekend by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, and speaking on Monday, the head of the government of the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina (RS) said the entity was "ready for such a joint presentation."
Vučić said on Saturday that he will call on Chair of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency Bakir Izetbegović and RS President Milorad Dodik to prepare joint projects for the regional summit of Western Balkan countries which will be organised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on August 28.
Cvijanović told Tanjug that she sees this as a very positive initiative and added that the RS government is fully committed to support and participation in all positive regional initiatives which should contribute to or result in the realization of good projects.
Recalling that Serbia and the RS signed an Agreement on Special Parallel Relations, Cvijanović underscored that Banja Luka is absolutely interested in every potential joint project.
There are possibilities for a joint presentation in a number of sectors, including the repair of the consequences of recent floods in the areas of infrastructure on the regional level and energy resources, she said.
Asked if there is enough time to prepare the projects, Cvijanović replied that there is since RS has already drafted certain projects in various areas.
She added that for now, no specific date has been released as to the meeting to define joint projects, but she said Banja Luka is fully prepared for it any day, having in mind that only five weeks remain until the summit in Berlin.
On Saturday, Vučić stated that Belgrade, Banja Luka and Sarajevo could appear together at the regional summit organized by the German chancellor and ask for support of Germany and the EU in the implementation of major projects.
He expressed the belief that the appearance with joint projects would secure wider support of Germany and the EU, and listed the example of the Belgrade-Sarajevo railway as a project that bears importance for Serbia, Bosnia, and the RS.