The Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council (PIC SB) condemns “in the strongest possible terms” the current political discourse centered around the so-called “peaceful dissolution” of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Office of the High Representative in BiH announced.
The Russian Federation, as usual, does not agree with the Declaration.
In the statement, the PIC SB specifically condemned the concrete steps taken by Republika Srpska representatives and state-level officials towards the dissolution negotiations, including the establishment of negotiating teams and advocacy for the dissolution of the country through an online advertising campaign.
“The PIC SB has previously pointed out that irresponsible and divisive rhetoric and actions destabilize the country and divert attention from the real work that leaders need to do to build trust and uphold the rule of law, electoral and economic reforms in its favor. “Uncertainty and instability and the consequent need for ongoing international oversight are the real price citizens pay while their leaders get involved in the stalemate,” the statement said.
PIC SB reaffirms its clear commitment to the territorial integrity and fundamental structure of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a single, sovereign state comprising two entities, in which the three constituent peoples, the others and all citizens are equal, and underlines that the units do not have the right to secede from BiH and exist legally only under the BiH Constitution.
“BiH’s territorial integrity is guaranteed under the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP) and international law, and a change in its internal structure can only be made in accordance with the BiH Constitution, which leaves all parties to forced to fully comply. Persistent inflammatory rhetoric, activities aimed at dissolution or disengagement, and other claims related to map review pose a serious threat to peace and stability and as such undermine GFAP. “Rhetoric questioning the existence of the unit or the reference potential for war is also destabilizing and unacceptable,” the statement said.
It added that “the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina need their leaders and political representatives to put an end to this dangerous rhetoric and instead focus their efforts on urgently fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening the rule of law and the implementation of economic and other reforms that will move the country forward on its European path, for which they are all constantly committed ”.