Bosnia envoy condemns Serb PM's remarks

Bosnia's top international envoy and Muslim member of Presidency condemned recent statements made by Republic of Srpska PM Milorad Dodik.

Bosnia envoy condemns Serb PM's remarks
Bosnia's top international envoy has condemned the Premier of the Bosnian Serb entity for claiming the Bosnian state was "imposed" on them.

"Recent appearances by Republika Srpska prime minister Milorad Dodik in Zagreb represent a direct confirmation of his fundamental lack of understanding of European values, such as good neighbourly relations and inter-ethnic tolerance," local media quoted Bosnia's top international envoy Miroslav Lajcak as saying on Tuesday.

Speaking at the congress of Serbian National Council in Croatia on Saturday, Dodik said that Bosnia and Herzegovina was "imposed" on Bosnian Serbs and added that it is "a tight framework within which we cannot achieve our own interests."

This statement triggered a volley of reactions and new verbal clashes with Croatian President Stjepan Mesic and his Bosniak and Bosnian Croat counterparts.

The statement from Lajcak's Office of the High Representative, OHR, dismissed Dodik's comments as his pre-election rhetoric aimed for the October local elections.

"It is a destructive not a constructive way of conducting the pre-electoral campaign," the OHR said in its statement. "Using a nationalist platform for one's own promotion is counter-productive to the creation of a healthy political atmosphere."

"The tense situation suits only those who are interested in disorder," the statement said and added that inflammatory rhetoric remains the greatest obstacle for OHR to end its mandate – something Dodik has been strongly lobbying for.

"Damaging to image of Bosnia outside"

Also, a Muslim member of Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency condemned recent statements made by Republic of Srpska Prime Minister Milorad Dodik.

Haris Silajdzic condemned "all open attacks by the Republic of Srpska on Bosnia-Herzegovina's constitutional framework and its international and legal position."

Silajdzic said yesterday in Sarajevo that RS Prime Minister Milorad Dodik's comments were damaging to the image of Bosnia-Herzegovina outside of its borders at a time when all of Europe is pulling towards the process of integration.

He added that "the Dayton Accord is not only an article which mentions two entities, but represents and list of obligations which were never fulfilled, such as the return of refugees, true equality for all citizens in the whole territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and equal representation of the constitutive peoples in the local governments."

"The interests of one people have to be the interest of all the people and citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and no one community has the right to call on interests that infringe on those of others," Silajdzic said.

He added that Dodik's statements "once again confirm the need for a further engagement of the international community in Bosnia-Herzegovina, because they hint at the danger that rhetoric could turn into concrete actions, in case of an early departure of the OHR."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Haziran 2008, 09:05