Political leaders in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity are to refrain from negative and divisive political actions, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ann Linde and Secretary-General Helga Schmid said in a statement regarding the decision taken on Friday by the RS National Assembly (RSNA) to take further steps in the direction of unilateral withdrawal from the transfer of power agreements from the entities to the State.
“The adoption of a set of conclusions by the RSNA calling for the unilateral withdrawal of competencies from State to entity-level is escalating tension and going against the achievements of the last 26 years. We call on political leaders in Republika Srpska to refrain from negative and divisive political actions,” said Chairperson-in-Office Linde. “Challenging the Dayton Peace Agreement and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s constitutional order risks jeopardizing peace and stability in the country and in the region.”
OSCE Secretary-General Schmid said: “The ongoing crisis impacts the economy, discourages investment and slows down key reforms. Unfortunately, the burden of this crisis will once again fall on citizens that are already facing increased unemployment, corruption, and shortcomings in healthcare”.
Linde and Schmid urged all parties to restore State-level institutions to full functionality and engage in constructive political dialogue to reach consensus for the benefit of all citizens in BiH.