President of the Republic of Slovenia receives the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ljubljana, 22. 10. 2013 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, today received the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zlatko Lagumdžija, who is on an official visit to Slovenia.

President Pahor and Deputy Chairman Lagumdžija exchanged views on topical regional issues, devoting particular attention to the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. President Pahor reiterated Slovenia’s sincere commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s European future.

President Pahor and Deputy Chairman Lagumdžija shared the view that it is now of crucial importance that the leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina show the ability to come to an agreement regarding the implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in the Sejdić-Finci case, as this agreement would be warmly welcomed by the European Union. President Pahor also stressed that, along with the implementation of this judgment, Bosnia and Herzegovina must continue to carry out other reforms that will facilitate and strengthen the functioning of the state. President Pahor considers this to be vital in the negotiation process for membership of the European Union.

President of the Republic of Slovenia receives the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Deputy Chairman Lagumdžija thanked President Pahor for Slovenia’s assistance to date and asked for its continued support for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU aspirations.

President Pahor and Mr Lagumdžija also discussed the situation of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina living in Slovenia; President Pahor assured the Deputy Chairman that he would do everything in his power to support the fulfilment of the commitments undertaken with the Declaration of the Republic of Slovenia on the Status of National Communities of Members of Nations of the Former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) in the Republic of Slovenia.

Mr Lagumdžija praised the Brdo Process initiative and described it as the right way to strengthen confidence and political dialogue between the leaders of the Western Balkans and the European Union. President Pahor also invited Deputy Chairman Lagumdžija to attend the next leaders’ meeting of the Brdo Process, expected to be held in April 2014 in Croatia.