Bosnian authorities agreed on the route of a highway that will connect Belgrade and Sarajevo which Turkey promised to finance.
Bosnia’s two regions had initially different ideas about which way the highway should go, each drawing the route through their own territory as much as they could.
However, a solution has been found and announced at a press conference on Monday by the Chairman of the Bosnian Presidency, Milorad Dodik.
The agreed-upon route is supposed to be formally drawn on the map of Bosnia and Herzegovina within the next few days and the Presidency will then approve the proposal and send it to Turkey, Dodik said.
The road will start in Raca, a border crossing with Serbia, pass across Bijeljina, Brcko, Loncar, proceed toward Tuzla and then toward Sarajevo. From there it will head toward Pale, Rogatica and Visegrad where it will connect to Gorazde, he explained.
“That would be our suggestion for the route which we will propose to Turkey. All of it will fit into what we are already doing in the Republika Srpska,” he said, referring to the Serb-majority part of the country, and adding that it will be a big investment.
Preliminary estimates say it will cost three billion Euro will include the construction of several dozen tunnels and bridges, he said.
“In case the route from Gradiska, across Doboj and then toward Sarajevo, Visegrad, Nis in Serbia is made operational as a highway, the trip from Ljubljana to Solun would be shortened by 200 kilometres, and that is a chance for development,” he said, stressing that Bosnia needs to build highways.