The Chairman and Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Milorad Dodik, said that the Republika Srpska (RS) would make its decisions if the High Representative in BiH, Valentin Inzko, used any of his illegal powers related to the latest conclusions of the National Assembly.
“Then even the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell will help him. Let him inform who he wants,” told Dodik while answering the question of whether he expects EU sanctions after Inzko said that he would inform Borrell about the conclusions of the Assembly.
As Dodik said reporters in Banja Luka yesterday, the High Representative was introduced by Annex 10 of the Dayton Agreement, which says that Serbia is also a signatory to its introduction.
“Therefore, he is a responsible party for us in Srpska as well. But he imposes himself on us. If he tries to use any of his powers that were never legal, that will be the moment when Srpska will make its decisions, and then Borrell will not be able to help him, so let him do what he wants, ” Dodik stated, commenting on the National Assembly’s conclusions regarding the High Representative’s letter and the initiative for negotiations between Srpska and Federation of BiH (FBiH) on the future of BiH.
Dodik noted that at the session of the Parliament of Srpska held on Wednesday it was said that the word self-determination exists in the Constitution and in the conventions that are its integral part, which was pointed out in the conclusions at that session, ie that information which is the framework for the development of a platform for negotiations between Srpska and FBiH is accepted.
Commenting on the opposition’s failure to vote for the mentioned conclusions, Dodik said that they have the right to their own way of working, but he stressed that important national topics for Srpska should bring together all factors.
“With them, the opposition, everything is the same, any item on the agenda. They have the same approach and attacks without any ability to step back and start thinking about it all,” Dodik said.
He added that such behavior diminishes the power of Srpska, but that he is convinced that the true members of the Serb Democratic Party (SDS) still have the basic values of Srpska and that they have nothing to do with the leadership that now represents them.
Dodik stated that the stories about the alleged unification and “merging” of the National Democratic Movement (NDP) into the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) were just the speculations, Nezavisne Novine writes.