The reason why Bosnia’s international administrator did not present reports on the work of his institution to the parliament of the country’ Republika Srpska (RS) entity in person is that he was likely afraid of the questions MPs would ask him, the Deputy Speaker of the RS National Assembly said.
The RS National Assembly recently adopted a conclusion requesting from the High Representative, Valentin Inzko, who is tasked with overseeing the civilian implementation of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, to submit reports on the OHR’s work between 1995 and 2020, within the next 90 days.
N1 asked the Office of the High Representative (OHR) whether the international official would submit those reports to the RS Assembly.
“The High Representative's reports are published on the websites of the UN and the OHR, and are thus available to members of the RS National Assembly,” the OHR said.
The Deputy Speaker of the RS National Assembly, Milan Petkovic, said that “in this way, the attitude of the rule of the High Representative towards the citizens of BiH continues, especially towards those from the RS”.
“Inzo could have come to the RS Assembly and presented his report orally, regardless of the fact that it exists in written form. I believe he got scared of the discussion that would take place in the highest legislative body of Republika Srpska and questions that the Assembly members would have asked him,” Petkovic told Glas Srpske.
According to MP Srdjan Mazalica, Inzko’s statement on accessing the reports online is “rude.”
“This is another humiliation, but not of the RS National Assembly, but of the Dayton Peace Agreement,” Mazalica said, arguing that the High Representative would not behave the same way if the Peace Implementation Council (PIC), the body composed of foreign ambassadors overseeing Bosnia’s peace process, would have requested the same from him.
Representatives of the opposition Party of Democratic Progress (PDP) said they would have liked to see Inzko in the RS National Assembly so they could tell him everything they think he should be told, while Serb Democratic Party (SDS) MP Nedeljko Glamocak argued that any kind of political feud with Inzko should have been avoided.