Serb member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency and President of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats Milorad Dodik said that the failure of negotiations on the change of the Election Law in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which have been conducted between Bosniak and Croat parties, showed beyond a doubt where the problem lied in the very country, and that the problem was neither in the Republic of Srpska nor Milorad Dodik. He expects that the period of political instability shall continue, since one of the three constituent peoples – in this case the Croat people – are dissatisfied with their position and feel humiliated.

The talks on changes to the electoral legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina went on for four days between the Bosniak and Croat parties, with the mediation of international community representatives, in the building of the Delegation of the European Union in Sarajevo.

President of the Croatian Democratic Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Čović said that there were no conditions for the elections to be organized and that he was sorry the negotiations had such an outcome, since “Bosnia and Herzegovina was the one suffering the greatest loss.”

Čović further explained that the day before, five of the six parties had accepted the model that would solve all the problems they had, even the one regarding the functioning of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but that then “the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) made a problem out of it.”

President of the Alliance for a Better Future in Bosnia and Herzegovina Fahrudin Radončić said that the consequences of the failed negotiations would probably be felt in two, four or six months when the elections are to be held.

He emphasized that this did not mean that anyone should fear war or any kind of military escalation, but that political tensions, which are great even at the moment, would certainly further rise.

President of the Party of Democratic Action Bakir Izetbegović left the meeting without making a statement to the press. US Ambassador Michael Murphy stated that there have been blockades for far too long in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the European External Action Service Director for Western Balkans, Angelina Eichhorst, pointed out that all possibilities of foreign mediators had been exhausted and that everything was, at this point, up to domestic officials.