Thursday, September 20, 2007


BANJA LUKA, Bosnia (September 20,2007) - If agreement on the Bosnian police reform is not reached by the end of September, the European Union may ask Croatia to introduce visas for the Bosnian citizens , said a source close to international diplomatic circles in Brussels to Banja Luka newspaper Nezavisne novine.

This would be one of the measures taken by the EU in order to put additional pressure on the Bosnian authorities to reach an agreement,Nezavisne Novine said .

"I do not know if the negotiators are aware of this, but if there is no agreement, the doors to the EU will be moved to the border with Croatia. This means that the Bosnian citizens will not be able to enter Croatia without a visa, they will not be able to go to the seaside without a visa. The EU is seriously considering such a possibility" said the source.

When he recently addressed the Bosnian parliament representatives,the International Community's High Representative in Bosnia Miroslav Lajcak said that the Stabilization and Association Agreement between Bosnia and the EU would not be signed without an agreement on the police reform.

"If the agreement is rejected, it would be politically naive to think that there will not be any reactions on part of the international community, which would in that case have to change its policy toward Bosnia", Lajcak pointed out.

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