OHR, EU Delegation: BiH territorial integrity guaranteed

NEWS 28.09.2021 17:00
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Christian Schmidt
Source: Christian Schmidt (TANJUG/DRAGAN KUJUNDZIC)

There will be no discussion regarding the withdrawal from Bosnia’s judicial institutions or the Armed Forces, nor will there be a change of the country’s borders under any circumstances, head of the EU Delegation to BiH Johann Sattler and international community’s High Representative Christian Schmidt said Tuesday following threats from Bosnia’s Serb presidency member Milorad Dodik.

It is high time that BiH politicians return to the negotiation table and continue the dialogue, Sattler said adding that the country is entering an important period when they expect a visit from President of the European Commission Ursula von der Layen.

The EU Special Representative added that the EU is doing its part of the job and invests in Bosnia but that it expects Bosnia to do its part – which is to deal with issues faced by the society that does not care about political blockades.

Christian Schmidt, on the other hand, said he would not allow any change to the BiH border under any circumstances as its territorial integrity is guaranteed by the Dayton Peace Agreement which ended the 1992-1995 war in the country.

The High Representative reaffirmed the Peace Implementation Council Steering Board’s unquestionable commitment to preserving the territorial integrity and fundamental structure of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a single, sovereign state consisting of two entities.

“He recalled that, according to the Dayton Peace Agreement, the entities have their constitutional position within the state of BiH, have no right to secede from BiH and that they exist only on the basis of the BiH Constitution,” OHR spokesperson Marija Brkica said.

Last Saturday, Bosnian Serb Presidency member Milorad Dodik called for the boycott of the institutions at the state level, including the state judiciary and the Armed Forces.

“This is a hoax for the Serbs. Having to obey Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Constitutional Court, an absolute hoax by European Union, America and all those who are telling us here persistently,” Dodik said in response to the latest decision by Bosnia's Constitutional Court, which disputed the RS Law on Forests according to which the forestry land in that part of BiH was named the property of Republika Srpska.

Dodik strongly objected to the decision, stressing that there is no place in the world where a constitutional court would deal with such matters, stressing that “at this stage” Republika Srpska should dismiss any decision Bosnia's Constitutional Court might make.

Similar to that, he deems that all the decisions imposed by the High Representative in BiH, should be dismissed as well.

“My stances will be radical. I will demand that all decisions imposed by the High Representatives are revoked, that we return to the original Dayton (Agreement – the peace deal which ended the 1992-95 war and which contains the country's Constitution), and if that does not happen, to go to the (RS) National Assembly in six months and declare independence,” he stressed.

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