The Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina did not invite Kosovo to attend a regional conference in Sarajevo as a state but as an “undefined subject,” Bosnia Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik’s office said on Monday, correcting some media outlets that earlier reported on this matter.
Pristina’s participation in the Southeast European Cooperation Process (SEECP) was solved back in 2014 with the consent of all countries that do not recognise Kosovo, which includes Serbia, Greece, Moldavia and Bosnia, said Dodik’s office, adding that, accordingly, Kosovo accepted to enter the cooperation process as an undefined subject with a footnote.
The SEECP consists of 13 participants from the SEE region, who meet at the level of Heads of State/Government, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Political Directors of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, under the chairmanship of the participant that holds the one-year rotating presidency.
The SEECP is currently chaired by Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“So, nobody invited an independent state of Kosovo. Kosovo was invited as an undefined subject with the consent of all countries that did not recognise Kosovo’s independence, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the invitation was not addressed to leaders,” said Dodik’s office.
Milorad Dodik, who represents the Serbs and Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska (RS) entity in the state institutions, follows Serbia’s stance on Kosovo, the region which declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but which Serbia still disputes.
He often compared the status of Kosovo with the status of Bosnia’s semi-autonomous region he represents, noting that the RS parliament decided the moment Kosovo is admitted to the United Nations this would mean the RS has right to secede.