No one in Bosnia and Herzegovina believed that the Serbian member of the BiH Presidency, Milorad Dodik, would fulfill his promise to bring the accordionist to the Presidency building to sing for him before the session on Monday.
But, he really fulfilled it.
Just a few days ago, Dodik told reporters that he would do so and that they would sing the song “There is no more of you, Alija”, which refers to the late Alija Izetbegović, the first Speaker of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. and the founder of the strongest Bosniak party in the country, the Party of Democratic Action (SDA). Until the morning it was just a good joke, but then the accordion player showed up and entered the building. According to Twitter posts, the atmosphere in Dodik’s office was calm – he and several other Serb representatives in joint BiH institutions sat and sang various songs, but most of them were stained with Serbian nationalism. There were also some alcoholic beverages on the table. At one point, he called his mother to tell her that a special song had been dedicated to her.
The aftermath was held at the Presidency session – Dodik disagreed with all the issues on the agenda.
Two other members of the presidency, political parties from the Federation of BiH and opposition parties from Republika Srpska, condemned the act, which “humiliates the institution of the BiH Presidency”.
Asked to comment on the behavior of accordionists in the Cabinet of BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik, BiH Presidency Chairman Zeljko Komcic said he thought Dodik had humiliated himself.
“I think with this move, Dodik humiliated himself, in a way. But this is a matter of his choice. It is our obligation or my obligation not to allow him to humiliate the institution. We asked the Internal Security Service. “I immediately asked them to find out who brought the accordion. People told me that the accordion was brought by a person who introduced himself as Dodik’s advisor,” Komcic said.
He added that, according to him, the accordion is a completely unnecessary and meaningless provocation.
“If Dodik continues with that practice, of course, we have ways to stop him, so that the accordionist does not enter the Presidency of
BiH me. “But the question is – was it really a provocation or was he looking for an incident that could go in an unpredictable direction and we would be talking about it completely differently at the moment about this now,” Komcic said.