Dodik: EUFOR reinforcements in BiH were a provocation

NEWS 01.04.2022 17:10
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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Serb dominated Republika Srpska (RS) entity has shown strength and stability of its institutions, Bosnian Serb Presidency member Milorad Dodik said Friday announcing regular meetings of the ruling coalition parties, adding that EUFOR reinforcements are, in that regard, a provocation.

“Some have deliberately used the moment to strengthen EUFOR,” he said. According to Dodik, some things were done that “were not in accordance with the decisions of BiH institutions because they did not decide on that.”

“NATO has no mandate here. It is partly present through the [EUFOR] ALTEA mission, which is determined at the level of the UN Security Council. We accept that as legitimate, we do not accept any other intervention, not even NATO. In order for someone to be present, they need to gain the legitimacy of the institutions in BiH,” the leader Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) leader said.

According to the Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia, NATO has agreed to a mandate in the country in order to ensure the implementation of the Agreement.

Dodik said they are receiving complaints from citizens about EUFOR's military presence.

“Pressure from foreigners regarding the issue of state property is becoming more important,” says Dodik.

“The Constitution of BiH doesn’t give Bosnia and Herzegovina the right to property in any letter, comma, announcement or appearance. We expect that this issue will be resolved in the coming days as provided by the Constitution,” Dodik said.

Speaking earlier about the competencies deriving from the Dayton Agreement, including the one concerning state property, the President of the BiH Constitutional Court Mato Tadic clearly said that the state of BiH is “the successor after Yugoslavia.”

Next week, the RS president will sign the RS Law on Property, which was already in the RS parliament. The Law will undoubtedly provoke reactions in some international circles.

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