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BERTON: Mostar needs to remain one multiethnic unit of local self governance

 

Principal Deputy High Representative Bruce Berton visited Mostar today where he had a meeting with Mayor Ljubo Bešlić, representatives of the political parties HDZ BiH, SDA and HDZ 1990, and where he discussed about the current situation in the city and Constitutional Court ruling regarding the elections in Mostar.

After the meeting, Mayor Bešlić stated that during the meeting they discussed the political negotiations, and that he introduced Berton with the current results of the negotiations between the HDZ and the SDA. Principal Deputy High Representative, said after the meeting with Bešlić at the City Hall that this is his first official visit to Mostar, and that he spoke frankly with the Mayor about the current situation in the city, and repeated that the OHR representatives want that rule of Constitutional Court to be carried out.

- The OHR attitude is that Mostar should remain a single multiethnic unit of local self governance. I would like to thank Mayor Bešlić for the time he spent with me and I think it would be good to see some progress in the Constitutional Court rule,  in order for the citizens of this city to be able to exercise their democratic rights - said Burton.
When asked on the progress of negotiations in Mostar related to the implementation of decisions of the Constitutional Court, Mayor Bešlić said that he is familiar with the current results of the negotiations between the HDZ and the SDA and that the atmosphere between the parties is good and that duty of this political parties is to seek for the solutions in order to bring closer their positions.

For some time, OHR has been saying that we are always ready to help, but we will not impose a solution. We call all parties involved in negotiations to find a solution among themselves. As I have already said and I repeat again,
it is our interest to come to the implementation of the  Constitutional Court rule and the City of Mostar remains  coherent unit of local self-government - said Berton answering a question by a reporter whether the OHR would impose a solution for the City of Mostar.

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