After Israel’s open support for changes to the election law of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), proposed by the HDZ and Croatia, Zlatko Lagumdzija, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of our country, made a comment.
Israel, which as a rule had a neutral attitude towards BiH, without any concrete views on the internal issues of our country, now clearly sided with HDZ’s proposal regarding the electoral law and the story of legitimate representation.
Regardless of how correct such views are or not, the moment Israel publicly announces that it supports such ideas while waiting for an agreement or the imposition of an electoral law from the Office of the High Representative (OHR), it is clear that it is the result of lobbying.
This is confirmed by the former diplomat, professor Zlatko Lagumdzija, who says that until the possible next move of High Representative Christian Schmidt, maximum lobbying is needed so that BiH does not receive harmful changes to the electoral law.
”Is there anyone to chase those who lead us to start lobbying for a couple of key countries before Schmidt makes a decision on changes to the electoral law? When they don’t come to an agreement within the deadline he gave, will they just continue to run an election campaign about it through the media from beaches and bars? We all have to invite and push them, especially the public and the media, whom they are only now afraid of, that they do it and not wait for Schmidt to make another bad move and then they campaign on how it is a new injustice that they need because that’s how they become fighters for “our cause”, and not fraudsters who have no responsible policies,” Lagumdzija stated.
He particularly criticized SDA leader Bakir Izetbegovic and DF leader Zeljko Komsic.
”Bakir and Zeljko are probably still stunned by illusions about the strength of the Bundestag resolution, which they certainly have nothing to do with, and think that this is enough. During that time, HDZ and SNSD conducted serious diplomatic actions,” Lagumdzija said.
Lagumdzija claims that everything would have been different if the parties based in Sarajevo had seriously approached the fact that the reform electoral package must integrate at least some justified Croatian demands.
“Instead, they confronted these demands and continued to ‘threaten’ that they would ‘take 6 seats in the House of Peoples from Croats’ to the extent of further radicalizing inter-ethnic relations. By their decision to leave a serious arsenal of arguments to Covic, they only showed that they do not have a serious, desirable, and feasible vision of BiH as a single state and society with common values,” Lagumdzija concluded.