Bosnia & Herzegovina

BiH: Republika Srpska ruling coalition against Schmidt’s appointment

Republika Srpska President Željka Cvijanović said in Banja Luka on Friday that Republika Srpska could not accept the method of appointing a new High Representative in BiH, thus calling for the protection of international law.

After meeting with the leaders of the political parties that make up the ruling coalition, Cvijanović stressed that the method of appointing the new High Representative was contrary to what the Dayton Agreement stipulates and that the international community was showing inconsistencies.

As reported by the SRNA Agency, Cvijanović noted that an attempt was being made to appoint a new High Representative illegally.

“We understand that Valentin Inzko has been without credibility here for years, but that does not mean that clearly defined procedures should be bypassed when electing a new senior representative,” Cvijanović told the Banjaluka press.

Cvijanović stated that she would invite opposition representatives to a meeting on Saturday to hear their views on the issue.

Friday’s meeting was also attended by Srpska Prime Minister Radovan Višković and SNSD leaders Milorad Dodik, SP Petar Đokić, DEMOS Nedeljko Čubrilović, NDP Dragan Čavić, Srpska People’s Party Darko Banjac and Srpska’s representative Vr Soviš

Earlier, Serb member and Chairman of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik also voiced his disagreement, saying the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) could appoint a high representative only in the Federation of BiH and not in Republika Srpska.

Dodik has said that Republika Srpska does not respect the arrival of the new high representative in this way and that he does not understand why he should shame himself and lose the credibility of a politician who was successful in Germany.

“If he thinks he will come here to manage something arrogantly, if he comes at all, then I am telling him that we do not intend to work with the illegal high representative and that their time has passed too much,” he was told. Dodik to reporters.

He said the appointment was another humiliation inflicted on all peoples in BiH by the international community.

“The Bosniaks are definitely excited about the fact that they will get a new defender. “They have a reason to celebrate something today, but if this is seen formally and legally, it is another bluff of the international community with a body that does not exist at all, and that is the PIC,” Dodik explained.

He has said that the PIC has no right to appoint a senior representative. “No high representative was appointed. “Annex 10 stipulates that its signatories must give their approval to a candidate who is confirmed by a relevant Security Council resolution,” Dodik said.

He added that this is a procedure leading to a new High Representative and that it is clear that they want to ignore the existence of institutional and international law.

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