“Congressmen Thomas Garrett (R-VA), Joe Barton (R-LA) and Scott Perry (R-PA) urged the State Department to note that ‘the United States must re-take a leading role in BiH’ in a letter they sent to US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Wess Mitchell.

Congressmen noted that failure in resolving changes to the Election Law of BiH could lead to political instability and further interference of bad players in BiH and the Balkans region.

‘First of all, I am concerned about the maintenance of peace, stability and democracy in the state of BiH. This issue is referring to the rule of law and the implementation of court decisions by the Constitutional Court of BiH and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. BiH must have a government that respects the rule of law in order to join the EU and NATO, which I really hope that it will be able to achieve. To be more exact, I am afraid that there might be a vacuum if BiH does not react and if the US and Europe do not demand a solution for this obstacle. I am thinking here about Russia, Turkey and radical Islamists, who have considerably increase their influence in BiH. Russia is already heavily arming Serbs, and radical Islamists have an anchor in BiH. Without a proper solution, the fear of violence and chaos is not far away, and American allies in NATO are not ready for it,’ stated Congressman Garrett.” (Sarajevo Times)


“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold a pre-election rally on the occasion of Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in the Sarajevo Olympic Hall ‘Juan Antonio Samarach’ on May 20th.

Although the gathering was announced earlier, it was not known where it would be held, with speculation that it could be the hall ‘Mirza Delibašić’ or Skenderija or ‘Juan Antonio Samarach’ or Zetra.

As confirmed by the UETD organizer (Union of European-Turkish Democrats), Zetra was selected that can receive 12,000 people, while the theoretical maximum capacity is as much as 20,000 spectators. This is the Olympic Hall in the first place in capacity among closed facilities.” (translated from Klix)