Russia’s influence on politicians in the Republika Srpska, Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity, is visible, according to Bosnia’s Presidency member Sefik Daferovic, who said that the NATO should take that into account.
Speaking for Serbia’s Beta news agency, he said he was convinced Bosnia would find a solution and submit its first Annual National Programme (ANP), obeying the previously adopted laws.
“I wish there was no Russia’s influence but the NATO should take that into account too,” said Bosniak member in Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency.
NATO ministers gave a green light for the document submission in December last year, which in theory meant the country would move closer to the alliance, but Bosnian political leadership is deeply divided on this matter and has not agreed yet on whether the ANP would be sent or not.
While Bosniaks and Croats, two major ethnic groups in the Federation (FBiH) entity, support the NATO path, the Serb leadership in the Republika Srpska entity object it, which recently led to a stalemate in the state government formation as the Bosniak side seems to be conditioning it with the ANP submission.
“We have brought into question the formation of the Council of Ministers, demanding that the Law on defence is obeyed and the first Annual National Programme within the Membership Action Plan for the NATO is submitted. We will see how will the situation develop,” said Dzaferovic.
Asked to comment on the statements of Milorad Dodik which he gives on behalf of the Republika Srpska, the entity he represents in the state institutions, but in the capacity of Bosnia’s Presidency Chairman, Dzaferovic said that “even bigger players” could never hurt Bosnia.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina is an integral and democratic state and it was preserved even at the hardest times in history, in the period of aggression from 1992 to 1995. Much bigger players could never hurt Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ones of today will not either, I assure you,” said Dzaferovic.
“Whenever someone from the Republika Srpska entity, especially its senior officials, show disrespect for sovereignty and integrity of the internationally recognised state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, they should know that in that way they jeopardise the entity they represent the most.”