Croatian Social Democrat leader Zoran Milanovic's statements about Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday continued to be the main topic of comments by local politicians and media, with most dailies carrying those comments on their front pages.
One of them is that Milanovic will really not have anyone to talk to in Bosnia in the future, made by the Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina's collective presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, and carried by the Oslobodjenje daily.
"(Milanovic) said that there was no one in Bosnia and Herzegovina he could talk to. As far as I'm concerned, there is no longer anyone he can talk to," Izetbegovic said, accusing the Croatian official of arrogant and primitive behaviour.
The Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina will not respond to Milanovic's statements because it does not want to attach too great importance to him, he said.
The Friday issue of Oslobodjenje dedicated as many as its first three pages to Milanovic's statements and reactions to them, using Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak's comment about "Milanovic rivalling (Milorad) Dodik in crudeness" as the headline of the article.
Open insults such as one that Milanovic is an arrogant fool could also be heard.
The Dnevni Avaz daily put on its cover the message "Shame on you, Milanovic".
Fahrudin Radoncic, an informal owner of Dnevni Avaz and leader of the Alliance For A Better Future party, said that Milanovic's statements contained "elements of discrimination that has existed for several centuries, with Bosnia and Herzegovina being viewed with an attitude of superiority."
Radoncic, who is currently standing trial for obstruction of justice and influence-peddling, called on citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina who also hold Croatian citizenship not to vote for Milanovic in the September 11 early parliamentary election in Croatia.
On the other hand, a former Croat member of Bosnia's collective presidency and now a member of Parliament, Zeljko Komsic, noted that Milanovic's statements about Bosnia were nothing new and that Milanovic only voiced what most diplomats as well as Bosnian citizens think.
"Believe it or not, (Milanovic's) view about Bosnia and Herzegovina being 'big shit' is shared by most international officials and diplomats serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina and across the Balkans. To be honest, a large number of Bosnians and Herzegovinians think that, too," Komsic, leader of the Democratic Front party, said.
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 17:19