Opposition parties in BiH’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity “strongly oppose” any activity that endangers security in the country. This includes the initiative of Serb BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik to unilaterally transfer competencies from the state level to that of the RS entity, said the Serb Democratic Party (SDS) leader, Mirko Šarović.
Dodik had the support of the opposition during the summer when he proposed that Serbian officials cease participating in the work of the BiH institutions because of the law that criminalises denial of genocide in Srebrenica. Even that decision is facing growing resistance inside the Serbian corpus because RS can not pay salaries.
Dodik’s opponents and international interpreters of the law in BiH say entities cannot take those competencies back unilaterally, but Dodik has threatened secession if it does not happen.
Dodik announced the RS would withdraw its agreement to establish a state-level army, judiciary and other institutions, and prevent state police from operating within RS territory.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said that he would support only what is in accordance with the BiH Constitution and what all three (constituent) peoples in that country agree on.
(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)