The member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Bećirović, sent a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, regarding the announced address of the Chairperson of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Željka Cvijanović, at the session of the United Nations Security Council. He said that the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina did not make a decision on Cvijanović’s departure to the mentioned session, and that therefore her address does not represent the official state position of Bosnia and Herzegovina, reports Anadolia.
In addition to Guterres, Bećeirović’s letter was also addressed to the Chairperson of the UN Security Council, Pascale Baeriswy, and the ambassadors of the member states of the UN Security Council.
“The Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina did not make a decision on the departure of Chairperson Željka Cvijanović to the mentioned session of the UN Security Council and her performance on behalf of Bosnia and Herzegovina, therefore her address does not represent the official state position of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Cvijanović’s views represent exclusively her personal opinion which it does not oblige either the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the United Nations. Any presentation of positions that are not in accordance with the adopted strategic foreign policy goals of Bosnia and Herzegovina is an abuse of the position of the chairman of the BiH Presidency,” Bećirović’s message emphasizes.
He added that it is particularly unacceptable that during her address before the UN Security Council, the Chairperson of the BiH Presidency, Cvijanović, instead of the official state views, presents the views of an administrative-territorial unit in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is important to remind that the practice of submitting the report of the Government of the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the UN Security Council has no legal basis.
“Like the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the Dayton Peace Agreement does not provide that administrative units in the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina can address the United Nations. Namely, the Charter of the United Nations stipulates that members (and these are always states, not their administrative-territorial units) address the organs and bodies of the United Nations. The primary subject of international law is the independent, sovereign and indivisible state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the entities are not authorized to independently create and implement foreign policy,” added the member of the BiH Presidency.
Bećirović clarified that conducting the foreign policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the exclusive competence of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina is responsible for determining and conducting the foreign policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina are obliged to act in accordance with the adopted state laws, strategies and other acts which establish that the strategic foreign policy goals of Bosnia and Herzegovina are membership in the EU and NATO.
“Dear Excellencies, allow me to particularly draw attention to the extremely worrying anti-Dayton and anti-constitutional activities of the authorities of the entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina Republika Srpska, and especially the president of this entity Milorad Dodik. The dangerous policy of unilateral violation of the Dayton Peace Agreement carried out by the authorities of the entity Republika Srpska seriously threatens, among other things , and the basic goals of the United Nations: the maintenance of international peace, regional stability and security. The latest anti-Dayton conclusion of the National Assembly of the Republika Srpska entity, in which judges of the Constitutional Court of BiH from among the Serbian people are called to resign from the post of judges of the Constitutional Court of BiH, is unfathomably dangerous an attempt to repeat the unconstitutional methods used by the legally convicted war criminal Radovan Karadžić in 1992. Unfortunately, Milorad Dodik, after many years of anti-civilizational denial of the judgments of the United Nations courts on the committed genocide against Bosniaks and public glorification of legally convicted war criminals, also begins to apply the methods of war criminals in the destruction of the state and constitutional legal order of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Bećirović.
He emphasized that in such circumstances it is particularly important to point out the fact that a much stronger engagement of the High Representative of the International Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina is needed in stopping the anti-Dayton activities of the ruling leaders of the Bosnian entity Republika Srpska, which threaten peace and security in the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bećirović believes that the justified warnings of prominent people from Bosnia and Herzegovina on the possible consequences of separatist politics should be understood and treated as an attempt to prevent endangerment of the peace process, but also as a determined willingness of the vast majority of citizens to preserve the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in accordance with the provisions of international law and in the way that other members of the United Nations do when they are threatened.
“It’s time to stop underestimating and tolerating Dodik’s anti-Dayton and warmongering policy because it has evidently transformed from a political fact into a serious security threat. He is the only politician in Europe who at the beginning of this year awarded the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with the highest order of the Republika Srpska entity. that he did it in the wake of Russian aggression against Ukraine speaks volumes about the danger of this policy to wider areas than Bosnia and Herzegovina itself,” concluded Bećirović.
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