Serbian FM: Preserving stability in Bosnia is unclear

At a meeting with Republika Srpska’s President Željka Cvijanović, on Friday, Selaković said that Belgrade’s position “is very clear, and imposed decisions and views, or laws in this case, have never been good for anyone, and have never led to prosperity,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted Selaković as saying. [EPA-EFE/ANDREJ CUKIC]

In a comment on High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Valentin Inzko’s decision to impose a law prohibiting the denial of genocide, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selaković said he thought Bosnia’s future was unclear.

At a meeting with Republika Srpska’s President Željka Cvijanović, on Friday, Selaković said that Belgrade’s position “is very clear, and imposed decisions and views, or laws in this case, have never been good for anyone, and have never led to prosperity,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted Selaković as saying.

“As the foreign minister of a state that is absolutely committed to promoting regional peace and stability, because without them no prosperity is possible, my position on this imposed decision is exactly as I have said,” Selaković said.

Cvijanović said that “the high representative’s imposed decision was inadequate, inappropriate in a democratic context and regressive,” warning that it “could throw Bosnia back in time by two or three decades.” 

After Inzko’s decision was announced, Milorad Dodik, Serb member of the BiH Presidency responded by saying he would not respect it because he believed there was no genocide in Srebrenica and threatened that RS (Republika Srpska, Serb entity) would take steps to secede from BiH.

But, NATO said on Sunday it resolutely supported BiH’s territorial integrity and requested that historical facts, such as that genocide was committed in Srebrenica, be honoured. NATO ended its peace stabilisation mission in BiH in 2004, leaving EU peace forces the task of overseeing the Dayton peace accord’s military part, with the agreement that it will be able to act in BiH if necessary via the 2002 Berlin Plus mechanism.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)  (EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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