EU’s Bosnia envoy visits Turkey during Dayton anniversary

European Union high representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, is visiting Turkey today to hold talks with Turkish authorities in the 15th anniversary of Dayton Peace Accords that ended war in Bosnia and established today’s federal Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that Inzko, whose trip to Turkey coincided with such a “meaningful day,” will meet with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu and Deputy Undersecretary Ayşe Sezgin. Inzko is also expected to deliver a speech at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV).

The statement said all issues will be discussed concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the Balkan country’s relations with its neighbors during the talks. The statement also reminded the Dayton Peace Accords, which was initialed after intense diplomatic overtures on Nov. 21, 1995 and was later formally signed in Paris on Dec. 14, 1995 by then Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, Croatian President Franjo Tudjman and Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic.

The statement said conditions have changed in the past 15 years but Turkey still makes intense efforts to prevent anything similar from happening again and directly contributes to normalization in the region through Turkey-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Serbia and Turkey-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Croatia three-way mechanisms.

Foreign Ministry said Turkey considers Bosnia and Herzegovina its “neighbor” and “heart of the Balkans” and thus attaches great importance to its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and prosperity and security of its people.

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