RS entity rejects High Rep's demand on seizing awards for war criminals

NEWS 11.05.2021 21:48
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Source: FENA

The parliament of Bosnia's Serb-majority region Republika Srpska endorsed the conclusions on rejecting the request by international envoy Valentin Inzko to seize the awards that were previously handed over to those convicted of war crimes.

The text of the conclusions was agreed on by both the ruling political parties and the opposition. However, the heads of the opposition SDS and PDP caucuses did not sign them.

One of the conclusions says that the Office of the High Representative was introduced by the Annex 10 of the Dayton Peace Agreement – the document which ended the war of the 1990s and contains the country's Constitution, which was signed by Republika Srpska as well, and that the High Representative can by no means be superior to Republika Srpska.

The entity parliament also rejected the Bonn Powers, the special competencies that the High Representative holds, and said that the High Representative stepped out of the framework of his competencies determined by the Annex 10 of the Dayton Agreement.

“Because he illegally, unconstitutionally and without restrictions took legislative, executive and judicial powers, violating basic human rights and international instruments for their protection, using the so-called Bonn powers,” the RS National Assembly said.

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