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Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations in the Council of Ministers Staša Košarac warns that, "according to valid estimates, the Croatian side wants to invest nearly EUR ten million in the project on Trgovska Gora, where it should dispose of approximately 3,000 cubic meters of waste."


Interviewed by: Željka DOMAZET

BIJELJINA, JULY 16 /SRNA/ - Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations in the Council of Ministers Stađa Košarac points out that resolving the Trgovska Gora issue is a burning problem and that the protection of the health of the population in Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH /FBiH/ is primary obligation.

In his SRNA interview, Košarac warns that, despite the fact that the coordination mechanism has been respected, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Council of Ministers, Bisera Turković, persistently removes the issue of forming a Trgovska Gora expert team from the session agenda, avoiding to explain why.

"It is estimated that 250,000 people live in that area in 13 municipalities of Republika Srpska and FBiH. From that aspect, everyone in BiH should have a high degree of mobility in the protection of the environment and human health," he states.

Košarac notes that such a nuclear waste landfill can have various negative impacts on the environment and human health.

"I have information that the Croatian Parliament and the Government of Croatia have made adequate decisions when it comes to protecting their interests and continuing activities regarding the construction of a landfill on Trgovska Gora," says Košarac.

Košarac warns that "time is not our ally", and that "valid estimates show that the Croatian side wants to invest nearly EUR ten million in this project and that about 3,000 cubic meters of waste should be disposed of on Trgovska Gora".

"Our primary goal is to prevent the construction of such a landfill, protect the health of our people and the natural beauty of the Una River," said Košarac, emphasizing the need to mobilize all scientific, research and professional public to engage in challenging the intent to make Trgovska Gora a nuclear waste dump.

Commenting on the allegations that BiH is slowly turning into a landfill for various types of waste due to the lack of up-to-dateness of certain institutions, as the public witnessed in the area of Drvar and Grahovo, Košarac estimates that omissions occur due to disrespect of coordination mechanism.

Košarac does not want to politicize this issue, but notes that "it is symptomatic that an attempt is being made to install a company to be dealing with waste in Drvar, Canton 10, where Serbs live."

"The fact is that Croatia intends to build a radioactive waste dump in the Una river valley, where the Serb population lives. Such tendencies are not well-intentioned, but I really do not want to look at this issue from that angle," he said.

When it comes to the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on exports from BiH, Košarac notes that "adequate policies by the entity authorities and the Council of Ministers took care not to avoid a foreign trade deficit and a stalemate in foreign trade."

He notes that foreign trade traffic has been provided through border crossings and that a list of vital products and a green tape has been defined with other CEFTA members, where goods regularly enter and leave BiH.

"I have clearly told Ambassador Johann Sattler /Head of the EU Delegation to BiH/ that I want to affirm the model -` one plus one plus one` and that no other role this ministry can have, nor can it be a central body superior to the entity ministries and governments ", Košarac explained to SRNA.

In order to preserve the BiH economy in the coronavirus age, all international agreements that have been signed should be maintained, believes Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations in the Council of Ministers, Staša Košarac, and emphasizes the necessity of new markets for entrepreneurs, which means signing some other international agreements.

Košarac notes that intensive talks when it comes to the export of red meat are underway with China, and that the talks are being held through the Russian ambassador to BiH on a revisit of the Russian Inspectorate in order to enable the export of milk, dairy products and meat to Russia.

BiH has recently been given green light to export meat to the United Arab Emirates, and efforts are being made to avoid halting certain processes such as meat exports to Turkey.

He says that the purchase of total local production, equally in Republika Srpska and FBiH, is the condition for foreign trade with Turkey when it comes to meat exports.

The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations in the Council of Ministers is undertaking activities related to the problem of export of goods subjected to phytosanitary inspection by the competent authorities in Croatia. /end/vos