The Democratic Action Party (SDA) does not accept ultimatums set by Milorad Dodik and Dragan Covic, the Serb and Croat leaders, who demand the adoption of a law which would remove the foreign judges from the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the main Bosniak party said on Friday, a day after the two leaders' meeting. The party said the only right reaction would be the international community's message for Dodik.
“We remind that Dodik had created the same crisis scenario in 2009, demanding that the mandate for foreign prosecutors and judges in Bosnian judiciary is not extended while promising to unblock the institutions and provide political stability in return,” the SDA said.
“The only result of giving in at that time, which Dodik took as a sign of the international community's weakness, was even deeper political destabilisation and permanent crisis, which is being continuously maintained since 2009 until today with unilateral moves from the Republika Srpska (Serb-majority region) entity,” they added.
The SDA said that repeating the same scenario would only lead to political instability and chaos, which they would not allow.
“The only right reaction to the new crisis would be a united and resolute message of the international community for Dodik, that he would win nothing with ultimatums and will bear serious consequences on the principle of individual responsibility if he decides to continue producing crisis with his unilateral crisis,” the party said.
Milorad Dodik and Dragan Covic met in the wake of the Serb leadership's step towards the blocking of the decision-making process at the state level, where the Serbs participate as one of the three major ethnic groups, which came after the State Constitutional Court ruled that a public land bill in Republika Srpska, Bosnia's Serb-majority semi-autonomous region, was unconstitutional.
The decision that was announced by RS President Zeljka Cvijanovic on Wednesday and will be discussed on Monday by the RS National Assembly, sparked strong reactions among the Bosniaks and led some foreign representatives in the country to warn that the Constitutional Court's decisions were final and binding.