On 26 Sept 2017 Director of the Security Intelligence Agency (SOA) Mr. Daniel Markić and his associates were officially received by the Director General of OSA BiH (Obavještajno-sigurnosna agencija BiH) Mr. Osman Mehmedagić in Sarajevo, following media reports on alleged covert surveillance of Croatian state officials and businesspeople by OSA BiH.
The hosts assured their guests that Croatian state officials and businesspeople are not the subject of OSA BiH’s measures of covert surveillance and that their agency is not working against political and
economic interests of the Republic of Croatia.
SOA noted OSA BiH’s assurances with the belief that the legality of OSA BiH’s actions, if they decide to take any, will be confirmed by the appropriate bodies of oversight in Bosnia and Herzegovina in accordance to the proscribed procedure of democratic oversight of the security intelligence sector. As part of its counterintelligence activities, SOA will continue to follow the development of this issue< and its dialogue with OSA BiH.
During their meeting, the Directors also commented on SOA’s 2017 Public Report. OSA BiH confirmed statements and information published by SOA in the Public Report pertaining to the security situation in Southeast European countries.
SOA i OSA BiH are partners in preventing and combatting threats and challenges faced both by Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as terrorism, extremism and organized crime. SOA will continue to actively work on developing this partnership, bilaterally, as well as the EU and NATO Member State. These efforts will include its support in reaching Euro-Atlantic work standards.