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English11/11/2019

BiH NOT LEGAL, FUNCTIONAL OR SUSTAINABLE

 

BANJALUKA, NOVEMBER 11 /SRNA/ - Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik stated Monday in Banjaluka that Bosnia and Herzegovina has managed to become neither legal, sustainable nor functional two and a half decades after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords.

 

"We must not accept the deceit by those who persistently repeat that the Dayton Agreement only stopped the war. Had it been a treaty about ending the war, it would have had only two articles,” Dodik stated in his address during a special session of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska.

The first article, he said, would state that all fighting by any side in conflict in the former Yugoslav republic of BiH was to end, and the second would state that the agreement would come into force immediately after it was concluded.

"The General Framework Agreement for Peace, the full title of what we call the Dayton Agreement, did not just end the civil war in BiH, it regulated in 11 annexes the relations and structure of the state community of three constituent peoples and others. It is important that we never forget how its signing came about,” Dodika dded.

He recalled that representatives of the sides in conflict defined the post-war BiH in the Geneva and New York principles in September 1995, before the Dayton conference.

"Anyone who claims that Republika Srpska was recognised as an entity only after the Dayton Agreement was signed are not telling the truth, because Republika Srpska was a signatory of both the Geneva and the New York principles. I am asking anyone who still claims that we were formed on the basis of the Dayton Agreement to answer how something that was only created by the Dayton Agreement could sign that same agreement and all its annexes,” Dodik noted.

How can it be, the Serb member of the BiH Presidency asked, that Republika Srpska was formed by Annex 4, i.e. the new BiH Constitution, and signed the very annex itself?

"Republika Srpska was created the day it was proclaimed, on January 9, 1992, hence in peace time, but unfortunately with great sacrifice and suffering of our people it had to be defended in an imposed war,” Dodik recalled.

He asked whether our votes in the BiH Parliamentary Assembly legalised the decisions imposed by high representatives.

"We know they didn’t and now it is time to discuss it and make decisions about it. It is not just one session or just this day. It is a process that should in the time ahead restore the initial Dayton structure of BiH, and therefore the rights and obligations of Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH as the state-building entities,” Dodik underlined.

He says it is now clear that creators of Annex 4, the BiH Constitution, were much more aware of the situation in BiH 25 years ago in the long term, than those who later tried to change things on the pretext of improving the system.

Dodik asserted that BiH would be functioning better if all annexes of the Dayton Agreement, especially Annex 4 of the BiH Constitution were carried out the way they were written.

"The changes made are not constitutional, but if they were, the two attempts to change the constitution known as the ‘April and Butmir packages’ managed by the international community would never have existed. This proves that only such international community knows very well that everything that was done bypassing the BiH Constitution will someday have to be discussed,” Dodik noted.

He stated that anything that had no grounds in the text of the BiH Constitution was neither legal nor permanent. /end/dš