Izetbegovic calls for reinforcement of NATO/EUFOR troops, deployment in Brcko

NEWS 17.12.2021 18:40
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Bakir Izetbegović
Source: Bakir Izetbegović (N1)

Bakir Izetbegovic, the leader of the strongest Bosniak party in BiH – the Democratic Action Party (SDA), called on NATO and EUFOR to reinforce their troops in the country, especially the Brcko District, after the party leadership meeting on Friday.

“I believe the Republika Srpska entity National Assembly entered a red zone of what’s punishable by the Criminal Code of BiH. I expect the Prosecution to start working in that direction,” Izetbegovic said, adding that all SDA officials were tasked to react and start initiating procedures that would stop what is being passed in the RS parliament.

Izetbegovic added that his party is ready to respond to High Representative Christian Schmidt’s call to discuss the Law on State Property noting that for them all amendments within the scope of what the Constitutional Court has decided so far are acceptable to them, but that the bearer of the sovereignty over the property is the state.

The SDA is also ready to talk about amendments to the Criminal Code of BiH regarding the ban of genocide denial, that were imposed by the former High Representative in BiH Valentin Inzko, adding that they “expect a solution to this issue from MPs coming from the RS, meaning Serbs.”

The SDA leader added that the Law can be amended but stressed there would not be major changes.

The Party leadership also agreed to form a Foreign Lobbying Fund which would be funded by various governmental institutions as well as entrepreneurs and well-off citizens.

Speaking about the plans from the RS to withdraw from BiH institutions and form parallel ones, Izetbegovic said that the Bosnian Serb problem is neither the Federation (FBiH) entity nor the Bosniaks but the “too-rich” politician called Milorad Dodik.

“I’m afraid that Mr Dodik will pull the rope until it breaks. Bosnian Serb politicians have been doing that for the past three decades,” Izetbegovic said in Kakanj.

In his opinion, Dodin will not know how to stop what he is doing on time, adding that BiH has long been under the international community’s radar, but that things have changed, now.

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