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We are dusting off with the US on another issue

We are dusting off with the US on another issue

The Hungarian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs defended the Bosnian Serb leaders who had been sanctioned.

He told MTI on Wednesday that Hungary stands by the democratically elected leaders and calls for real dialogue to be established as soon as possible. Peter Sztarai Secretary of State for Security Policy and Energy Security, Department of State and Commerce, in response to the announcement of the United States of America that And put him on the sanctions list Many leaders of the Republika Srpska.

On 31 July, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that Radovan Vyković, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, had been placed on the sanctions list; Nenad Stefandić, Speaker of the Entity’s National Assembly, Željeka Cvijanović, Serbian Member of the State Presidency, and Milog Bokelović, Minister of Justice of Republika Srpska.

According to the declaration, the aforementioned political leaders are directly responsible for passing the law, which stipulates that the decisions of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot be applied in the entity in the future. According to the United States, this hinders and threatens the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement. The restrictive measures impose a freeze on the assets of sanctioned individuals who are in the United States.The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade stressed that the priority national security interest of Hungary is the stability of the Western Balkans, and therefore, in the spirit of responsible neighborhood policy, our country is doing everything it can to ensure long-term stability and peace in the Western Balkans. region and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He added that in light of the current global difficulties, there is no need for new security challenges in Europe.

He stressed that the experiences are clear and clearly show that the sanctions in the Western Balkans have always failed, and they have always caused problems, therefore

We believe that sanctions have the opposite effect in the Western Balkans, as they do not promote peace, but rather increase tension and deepen conflicts.

Punishing democratically elected leaders works against stability. Instead, it should be consulted on the basis of mutual respect, not with regard to the Western Balkans, but with the countries of the Western Balkans. The Minister of State said that Hungary stands by the democratically elected leaders and calls for real dialogue to be established as soon as possible. (MTI)

Featured image: In the photo released by the Prime Minister’s Press Office, Milorad Dodik, President of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (j2) receives Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (j) in Banja Luka on June 22, 2023. From left, Radovan Vesković, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska of Bosnia Herzegovina, and Zelica Cvijanovic, Serbian President of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. MTI/Prime Minister’s Press Office/Penco Vivien Scheer

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