The top international administrator in Bosnia deplores the fact that the Democratic Action Party decided to formulate its vision about the future of the country based on a concept which is not acceptable for some other political options, The Office of the High Representative said Wednesday.
“The High Representative would like to be clear that under his mandate he is bound to insist on full compliance with the Dayton Agreement. This includes the BiH Constitution, which clearly guarantees the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence of BiH, and provides that BiH shall consist of the two Entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska. Any change to the internal organization of BiH must be adopted in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Constitution, which requires a comprehensive process of consensus-building and agreement across the entire political spectrum,” said the message from the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in charge of overseeing the civilian implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement which ended the 1992.1995 war in Bosnia.
Last Saturday, the main Bosniak party in the country, the Democratic Action Party (SDA) held a party Congress in Sarajevo where they adopted a declaration, outlining the party's future goals.
Some of those goals include the creation of a democratic, regionalised, lawful and welfare state under the name of ‘Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina,’ which should have state, regional and local governments.
This caused a storm of comments from major Serb and Croat parties in the country, arguing that the declaration is a call to conflict, intolerance and that it violates the Constitution.
The statement by the OHR said that the High Representative deplores the rhetoric of some party officials at the SDA congress, who praised and glorified persons prosecuted for alleged crimes committed against innocent victims during the war.
“Such positions by any political or public figure are detrimental to the process of reconciliation between communities in BiH and therefore unacceptable,” the statement said.
The High Representative called upon all political and institutional leaders in this country to cease endless divisive rhetoric and establish a climate conducive for the formation of the authorities at all levels.