Serbian member and Speaker of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik told a session of the RS National Assembly on the activities of the Office of the High Representative in BiH (OHR) that now is the right time for BiH people to decide whether to respect Dayton or peacefully “thickens” the borders between Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH.
“We (Serbs) do not need a high representative for the agreement, because he does not have a lifelong mandate in BiH. We need Croats and Bosniaks with whom we need to reach a key agreement. If they do not want an agreement, then they should allow us to settle Republika Srpska; “In peace with our neighbors and ourselves,” said Dodik.
He assessed that the time has come for BiH to move forward without the High Representative and the OHR, recalling that this has long been the position of Republika Srpska as one of the five parties signing the Dayton Peace Agreement, accompanied by several other position parties. of which is not clearly stated, however can be inferred from dissatisfaction with certain OHR moves.
Dodik said there is no position of the so-called “Republic of BiH” because such a creation no longer exists after the Dayton Accords repealed it.
“Nor is there a single support for the OHR survival in the Federation of BiH, because the legitimate representatives of the Croatian people have constantly demanded the completion of his work. Only the Bosnian political structure is persistent in its demands for the continuation of the transcended international protectorate, which brought nothing good or useful to anyone. He did not keep the peace because he was executed through international military forces; “first IFOR, then SFOR and now the Althea mission of the European Union,” Dodik said.
He noted that the High Representative’s actions had caused instability and the enactment of laws and the deprivation of powers of entities, especially Republika Srpska, and had exacerbated instability and irrationality in the exercise of delegated powers compared to when entities exercised them.
“The creation of the Armed Forces is an example of rising costs. All of this has led to further dysfunction of BiH as a state union. That is why claims that BiH is dysfunctional due to the Dayton Accords are incorrect. This is not absolutely true. Twice dysfunctional because the Dayton Peace Accords were not implemented as signed and the High Representatives did everything they could to keep BiH dependent on outside influence through the Bosnian component Instead of discussing steps to be taken on the European path, 26 years by the end of the war, we are talking about whether we can live without defenders. If it weren’t for this serious issue it would be comical, but it seems to me that the space to laugh has disappeared in the past 26 years. I’m sorry, but I have to say that the Bosnian part of FBiH seems to suffer from Stockholm syndrome; for how can the need be explained, besides the legally elected representatives, to have a tutor over you, whom you loved more than your representatives? Dodik wondered.
He stated that there is no ethnic violence in BiH and that outbreaks on a national or religious basis are very rare.
“Peace has reigned here for years, which is a great fact for all peoples. There is no reason why it should not remain so. Not because international military forces would stifle any attempt to disrupt peace, but because the consciousness of Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks is at a level where war is not an option for anyone. I want to believe this is the case. Given that we live in peace, I believe it is the right time for a deal. Not an agreement with the EU, Russia or the United States, but an agreement between the peoples of BiH. What does Bosnia and Herzegovina want? Is it possible at all? Let us agree; will we respect Dayton or will we ‘thicken’ the borders between Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH in peace, because we are already divided in Dayton and continue to fix our yard. “I just know that the situation in which we have died for 26 years no longer makes sense and can no longer exist,” concluded Serb member and President of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik.
Deputies of the ruling coalition in NARS proposed a series of conclusions to be adopted. Opposition parties withdrew from the session after several brief discussions. One of the comments of the opposition was that this session should have been held 15 years ago and not now.