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An explanation regarding questions from the media about the talks between President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor and members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina held on 5 March 2021

Ljubljana, 13. 4. 2021 | press release, edit

With regard to questions from the media about the talks between President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor and members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina held on 5 March 2021, we are providing the following explanation:

President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor is an advocate for Bosnia and Herzegovina, its territorial integrity, European perspective and peaceful development, which he consistently emphasises.

President Pahor wants Bosnia and Herzegovina to become part of the European Union as soon as possible. He consistently emphasises the importance of a geopolitical approach to the enlargement of the European Union, which would include BiH, which currently has the weakest formal ties with the EU.

President Pahor regularly warns against ideas about the disintegration of BiH and the redrawing of borders in the Western Balkans. In this context, out of concern over these ideas, he put this question to his interlocutors, all three members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, when he visited Sarajevo at the beginning of March.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia also touched on this issue in his address to the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia on 25 September 2020: "In this regard, I would like to stress the following, which, if it proves correct, is important: if there is no enlargement of the European Union or the enlargement is significantly delayed, the belief might eventually prevail in the region that the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia is not yet complete and that ethnic borders should be established instead of the existing ones. Historical experience shows that there is very little possibility of such a process unfolding peacefully and without conflict and that could also undermine safety and stability in the wider area of South-East Europe. That is why, as I have said several times, the enlargement of the European Union to the Western Balkans is an important political issue that demands an even more prudent strategy from the European Union."

It is in the light of the European perspective of the Western Balkans that President Pahor is preparing a meeting of the leaders of the Brdo-Brijuni Process initiative, scheduled for May.