Bosnia announces measures against Croatia over ban on transit to Neum

Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic on Sunday announced countermeasures against Croatia after passengers from Bosnia and Herzegovina were prevented at the Doljani border crossing today from transiting through Croatia to reach Neum, BiH.
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto (R) delivers medical equipment aid to Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic (L) within the coronavirus (Covid-19) precautions in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on April 16,
 Mustafa Ozturk / Anadolu Agency via AFP

Since BiH citizens cannot even transit through Croatia, the Foreign Ministry will propose reciprocity on Monday, she said.

It is indisputable that as a member of the EU, Croatia must honor common positions, but I disagree with banning our citizens from even passing through Croatia, Turkovic said per her office.

She added that Croatia had a much higher number of new coronavirus cases and that it was doing markedly fewer tests.

I don't know why Croatia opted for such measures, but we have a positive relationship towards all neighbouring countries when it comes to tourism, business travel and trade possibilities during the pandemic, Turkovic said.

This week Croatia imposed a two-week quarantine for anyone entering from Bosnia and Herzegovina due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

BiH citizens who headed for the coastal town of Neum today were unable to cross the BiH-Croatia border, the Sarajevo Kliks portal said, adding that it was told at Doljani that transit through Croatia was not allowed.

The portal said that earlier this week it was possible to cross the border for transit.

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04. rujan 2020 22:36