No regional stability without facing the past squarely

Vehid Šehić

In an interview with the weekend edition of Dnevne Novine daily, the Igman Initiative Co-president for Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) and President of the Forum of Citizens from Tuzla, Mr Vehid Šehić, says the European Union (EU) is not losing its interest in the Western Balkans (WB) and that it’s almost sure that the first new EU member state would be Montenegro.

He also stresses that there are some unsolved political relations among the Balkan countries, which additionally burden our region. “It’s not enough to meet conditions required by the EU or to align laws with acquis communautaire. You need those values to become an integral part of life of all citizens and to have no discrepancies in laws. If those laws do not incorporate in our everyday behavior, we won’t be able to fulfill our obligations arising from Chapters 23 and 24, i.e. the rule of law, equality before the law for all persons, affirmation of constitutional patriotism, which includes respecting the Constitution and laws, which, unfortunately, is not the case in our country ” Mr Šehić claims.

As for the current relations in the region, he says: “Unfortunately, relations among the countries of the region are not satisfactory. There are many opened issues unresolved, primarily border disputes, exercising property rights within the WB, the legacy from war past that is deteriorating relations among the countries, etc…”

Mr Šehić is carefully monitoring the political situation in Montenegro, especially when it comes to the work of the Parliament of Montenegro, as he “likes to listen to Montenegrins when discussing on some matter.”

“As a member of the Igman Initiative and a citizen who had been living in the former Yugoslavia for 40 years, I look forward to success of Montenegro, especially in sports, and I think same for all former Yugoslav countries and people living in them.”




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