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Croatian president reaches out to Bosnia

Croatian president reaches out to Bosnia

Croatian President Stipe Mesic urged Bosnia on Monday not to impose tariffs on food imports from Croatia, saying that would violate an international agreement and harm both countries.
During a visit to Sarajevo, Mesic met with Bosnia's three-member presidency and discussed bilateral issues such as Bosnia's proposal the impose the tariffs on the foot imports to protect its own food industry during the global economic crisis. Mesic said such as move would violate the Central European Trade Agreement, which established tariff-free trade in the region.
Bosnia's proposed law is still being discussed by its Parliament, and Mesic said he hopes it is not adopted.
"We believe it would not be good to violate an international agreement," he said at a news conference, adding that such a law could prompt Croatia to impose the same measures toward Bosnia "which would then harm both sides." However, he also said he was aware that Croatia is benefiting economically by exporting far more to Bosnia than it imports from its neighbor.
The two countries should work together on reduce this trade imbalance, he said.
That is one of several unresolved issues between the two countries since they were formed by the breakup of the Yugoslavia. Others include a border dispute, the issue of dual citizenship, and property the countries still own in each other's territory.
Mesic said the two countries need an extradition treaty to prevent dual citizens from fleeing across borders to avoid justice. "Where someone has been convicted, that's where he needs to be extradited," he said.
Mesic is popular in Sarajevo, widely regarded as a politician who seeks out a fair solution to complex problems.


Updated : 2021-04-18 23:59 GMT+08:00