“Bosnian Croat lawmakers refused to attend a session of the lower house of one of Bosnia’s two semi-autonomous entities because the body recently adopted an election-related law without them.

Tuesday’s session of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Federation (FBiH) was dedicated to the challenges the entity is facing on Bosnia’s path toward EU membership.

‘The Croat club in the FBiH House of Peoples will not attend this session, not because Croats are not committed to the European Union or NATO, but because Croats want to, in this way, send a clear message (…) that the Law on Electoral Units was passed without without a single vote from Croats,’ said Croat Democratic Union (HDZ) lawmakers, Mladen Boskovic.

‘This is why I ask of all of you and of our friends from Europe to understand that this is not our message against the European Community or NATO,’ he said.” (N1)