Bosnian Serb reps sign statement condemning int community's interventions in BiH

NEWS 24.12.2021 16:11
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Bosnian Serb political representatives from BiH’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity signed a statement condemning what they perceive as violations of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement through interventions by representatives of international institutions and organisations.

The statement, signed by former and current speakers of the RS National Assembly, as well as members of both houses of the BiH Parliament, comes in light of the major political crisis over an initiative to roll back post-war reforms which led to the establishment of a number of BiH state institutions. The RS National Assembly recently expressed support for beginning the process of withdrawing the RS from those state institutions and the entity forming its own, separate ones.

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A joint statement which the RS representatives plan to send to various international community institutions says:

“The previous forms of intervention of civilian and military representatives of international institutions and organizations, which were done contrary to the provisions of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995), are unacceptable, so their consequences are rejected as an expression of illegal and undemocratic action.”

In this document, the MPs reject the authority of the that the new High Representative in Bosnia, who is tasked with overseeing the civilian implementation of the Dayton Agreement, arguing that the UN Security Council has not appointed him.

“The constitutional order in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a basis for preserving peace and enabling the progress of BiH, deserves full respect and support, and any possible changes in the system can be accepted only as a democratic expression of the will of its citizens expressed in constitutional procedures and without imposition,” reads the statement.

The representatives added that political groups, the democratic public and all its representatives in BiH should dedicate themselves to the progress of their community, turn away from foreign interference and focus on the real problems of the country and its population.

“The parties, guarantors and witnesses of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995), should once again confirm its authenticity and its commitment to the authentic Agreement, and provide vast respect for democratic values, the will of the people, the principles of the parliamentary system and the rule of law, as conditions for establishing and maintaining all of the above, then amending the system of electoral legislation that enables the achievement of democratic standards and procedures with an authentic representation of the will of voters in accordance with the principles and provisions of the constitutional organization in BiH.

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