Bakir Izetbegovic, member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, said that Bosnia should have recognized Kosovo but his Serbian colleagues are preventing the recognition of Kosovo's independence.
Izetbegovic said that he was engaged in solving technical issues with Kosovo such as freedom of movement, noting however that Serbian politicians of Bosnia are blocking every initiative.
He said that Kosovo’s recognition requires a greater consensus in Bosnia and Herzegovina, implying that it is very unlikely for this to happen.
“Kosovo’s recognition requires a wider consensus in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have asked solving technical problems, communication between people. Bosnia and Herzegovina is suffering because of the lack of communication when it comes to the flow of goods and people," said Izetbegovic.
Izetbegovic sat down with German public international radio broadcaster Deutsche Welle, and discussed issues concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina's relationship with Kosovo.
"I am the generator for moving things forward, for this thing [recognition of independence] to happen, but you can guess who is preventing this. It is Serbian politicians in BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina) who sometimes are more rigid than Serbian politicians. Without a decision of the BiH Presidency, no decisions can be taken in international relations," said Izetbegovic.
"In my opinion, we should have recognized Kosovo long time ago."