“Ethnic Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina are not a minority, but the country is ‘their second homeland,’ Croatia’s President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, told media during a Monday visit to Mostar.

During the nineties’ war, the chances for meeting the conditions for peace were slim without the joint Croat-Bosnian military advances, based on an inter-state agreement, Grabar-Kitarovic said.

‘Bosnia and Herzegovina is a very specific country, born under specific circumstances,’ she said, adding that the Bosniak-Croat agreement was crucial for the Dayton Peace Treaty to come about.

Grabar-Kitarovic said Croatia is and will remain one of the guarantors of peace and the implementation of the Washington and Dayton peace treaties.

‘We have the constitutional obligation to protect Croats abroad. In this case, those are national rights, as Croats in Bosnia are not a minority, this is their second homeland,’ she said.

‘As you could have seen in the European Commission Progress Report, the necessity for changing the Election Law is strongly emphasized, to ensure security and stability at all levels. We will continue to urge our colleagues in Bosnia and Herzegovina to move towards an agreement,’ she said, adding that solving the issue is in Bosnia’s, and its people’s, best interest.” (N1)