How the Government in Republika Srpska gave up the “Right to Self-Determination”

In the 10 conclusions proposed by the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) club, which were being discussed yesterday in the National Assembly of the Republika Srpska (RS), there is no sentence regarding the “right to self-determination of the Serbian people”, ie the independence of the RS.

To recall, the National Assembly of RS (NSRS) previously prepared the “Initiative for Discussion on Possible Solutions for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)”. It then stated that, in case of ignoring the positions of the NSRS, “the Serbian constituent people retain the right to self-determination, in accordance with all international agreements.”

In yesterday’s concrete conclusions that were read at the beginning of the discussion on this point, it was proposed to start talk and dialogue between the RS and the Federation of BiH (FBiH), as well as all the three constituent peoples of Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks on possible solutions for BiH.

The NSRS expects the President of the RS to inform the Federation of the conclusions and positions of the National Assembly and to form a negotiating team. The negotiating team is in charge of creating an operational work plan and reporting regularly to the National Assembly on the activities that are implemented.

The National Assembly suggested that a negotiating team for dialogue with the Federation is formed within 30 days and that activities for initiating dialogue be started.

However, there is no option for what will happen in case of failure or non-acceptance of negotiations. So, the sentence on the right to self-determination was excluded. It practically mitigated the initiative itself, which was being discussed by the NSRS, Klix.ba writes.


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