Bosnia’s Representative to the United Nations, Sven Alkalaj, said that his speech before the UN Security Council (UNSC) is being abused by BiH Presidency member, Milorad Dodik, for political purposes.
Dodik previously expressed support for some of the statements Alkalaj made at the Wednesday UNSC session where the situation in BiH was discussed. During his address, Alkalaj strongly criticised the High Representative of the international community in BiH, Christian Schmidt, over the amendments to the Election Law and Constitution of Bosnia’s Federation (FBiH) entity which were imposed on election day.
“BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik perfidiously and maliciously uses certain statements from the speech I read before the UN Security Council and uses it for daily political purposes,” Alkalaj said.
He explained that “there are fundamentally important differences” between the positions he presented in New York and Dodik’s policy when it comes to the role of the High Representative.
“All pro-Bosnian policies, including the one I represent, have always supported, and today they unreservedly support the institution of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In contrast, Milorad Dodik and his politics are openly working against the institution of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as personally Mr. Schmitt, whom he insulted in various ways,” Alkalaj said.
He stressed that his criticism was not directed against Schmidt himself, but at certain parts of his decision which he argued “are in contradiction with the democratic values of the liberal world.”
“Dodik does not belong to those values, but destroys them and tries to stop the democratization of BiH,” he said.
“The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms is above domestic laws and it guarantees the same rights to every person regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, etc. The European Court ruled that Jews, Roma and other peoples are discriminated against in BiH, as well as Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats in certain cases. We have the right to question this and ask the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as our allies, America, Great Britain and the EU, to help us remove these discriminations. The absolute majority of citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina want full membership in NATO and the European Union, while Dodik is openly against NATO and increasingly against the European Union,” said Alkalaj.