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BiH: Political landscape still shaken by infamous non-paper

After the emergence of the so-called “non-letter Janca”, political tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina have shifted to an inter-party level in Republika Srpska (RS) and the Federation of BiH.

Milorad Dodik, leader of the ruling RS party of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) and Chairman of the BiH Tripartite Presidency, is obviously trying to use the situation to show that his idea of ​​RS’s secession from BiH and its existence as an independent state is no longer strange to European politicians. In the letter, he sees another chance to fulfill his plan for it, as he always emphasizes the “peaceful dissolution of the state that is dysfunctional in every respect”.

He even went so far as to convene a meeting of the ruling coalition after which he told the media that “the RS National Assembly will set up a working group to negotiate with the other constituent peoples in BiH about the future of the state.” . He added that talks should take place without “foreigners” and that the people of BiH should decide their own destiny. Undoubtedly, the RS delegation stands by its stance on a “peaceful dissolution”.

On the other hand, the leader of Bosnia’s largest Democratic Action Party, Bakir Izetbegovic, made one of the most disturbing statements in the entire post-war period when he refrained from the steady closure of a war scenario in BiH. He said he could not say that, as his previous experiences show otherwise.

As he claims, people, especially Bosniaks, should not worry because he is “ready to stand in front of them and lead them into battle”.

“I would rather die today than allow those who committed genocide to rule part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Of course. I am telling you this today during Ramadan. So there is no doubt that they will do it. “They can start, but they will not know how it will end,” Izetbegovic said.

He forgot to add that during the 1992-1995 War he was not in the Army and spent all his time protected under the arms of his father, the late Alija Izetbegović.

As a start, he used the term “genocide perpetrator” (“genocidaši”) still in an insulting way. He did not specify who the “genocides” were, so it remains unclear whether he is referring to part or all of the Serb population in RS.

In addition to the problems stemming from the staggering number of coronavirus infections and COVID-related deaths, BiH citizens now have another reason to lose sleep at night. What is absurd is that Janez Janša and other Slovenian leaders never confirmed the existence of this “non-letter”.

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