Dodik and Covic attack Inzko at UN Security Council

Milorad Dodik [EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR]

BiH Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik, who attended a round table before the UN Security Council, attacked BiH High Representative Valentin Inzko, calling him a monster and a foreigner who cooperates only with Bosniaks from Sarajevo and speaks only on their behalf.

Dodik said Serbia, Croatia and part of the Federation of BiH (Bosniak-Croatian entity) had agreed to abolish the high representative position, klix.ba reported. The BiH presidency chairman, who represents Serbs, also compared the status of BiH’s entity Republika Srpska with Kosovo, wondering why Albanians could have a state of their own, while Serbs in BiH could not.

Bosnian Croat political leader Dragan Čović has said that “reports by the High Representative do not reflect the true situation in BiH”.

Čović also took part in the UN meeting, after he was invited by the Russian ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya. Bosniak political leader Bakir Izetbegović turned down the invitation arguing that BiH’s state institutions are being ignored.

Inzko, the high representative, was quoted as saying that “centrifugal political forces pose the main political problem, blocking the processes at the state level and blocking the country in that way”.

Inzko also recalled that the authorities at the level of Bosniak-Croat shared Federation entity have not been appointed two years after the election, while the appointment of judges in the Federation’s Supreme Court is being blocked.

Ambassador Günter Sautter, a German representative in the UN, criticised Dodik’s wording, as did ambassadors from the US, France and UK. However, the Russian ambassador said that Dodik and Čović are the voices of their peoples. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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