Thursday, September 27, 2007


NEW YORK, USA (27.September,2007) – The Bosnian President Zeljko Komsic has continued to hold intensive meetings with foreign officials in New York. Komsic met with US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried to discuss the current situation in Bosnia.

The meeting with Italian Prime Minister Roman Prodi was used to discuss the state of bilateral relations between Bosnia and Italy.They highlighted improving economic cooperation between the two countries and intensive activities in the field of culture, however, they stressed the need for regulating certain issues from the previous period which would allow Italy to provide significant loans for small and medium projects in Bosnia.

Considering the growing presence of Italian banks at the Bosnian market they agreed that the two sides would with the support of Italian banks intensify meetings between businesspersons and stressed that this is the road that will encourage the arrival of Italian capital in Bosnia.

Komsic and Prodi supported the ARS AEVI project and agreed to intensify cooperation through UNESCO. Prodi strongly supported efforts of all countries from the region of former Yugoslavia, especially Bosnia, towards joining the EU and NATO.

Komsic also met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.He thanked for the service of Chilean troops as part of the international peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.Bechelet invited Komsic to visit Chile.

Komsic also met with newly appointed UN General Assembly President Srdan Kerim.

Komsic underlined the commitment of Bosnia to play a more active role in the UN system and expressed confidence that the UN has a clear position on the verdict of the International Court of Justice, which should allow the victims of genocide to receive satisfaction and to build a better future for Bosnia through reconciliation.

He also described as justified the initiative of our country for the documentation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to be given to Bosnia once this court ends its work. He expressed hope that the final resolution for the status of Kosovo will be reached within the framework of the UN and added such an outcome would be the best solution for all UN member states.

The Bosnian Foreign Affairs Minister Sven Alkalaj held separate meetings in New York with the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Slovakia, Algeria, Russia and Slovenia.

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