Bosnia Regressing-Dayton Accords Cause?
Bosnia & Herzegovina is not moving according to report provided to UN Security Council by High Representative Valentin Inzko. Could id be that after helping end war, the Dayton Accords have become regressive and could be cause for new conflict?
Inzko expressed concern over the current political stagnation between BiH’s two entities as well as violations to the Dayton Agreement.
Inzko told the Council that despite the capture and transfer to the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of Bosnian war fugitive Ratko Mladic, there has not been “a decline in the use of inflammatory nationalistic rhetoric” by Bosnian Serb leaders.
He said that such rhetoric has included statements by officials of the Republika Srpska (RS) “in support of state dissolution” as well as “chauvinistic comments directed against other ethnic groups.”
The High Representative expressed “deep concern” about recent public statements from RS officials that challenge the country’s statehood.
Inzko noted that the international community has achieved “tremendous results” in Bosnia and Herzegovina over the past 15 years; however, he added, “a lasting and sustainable political settlement that would ensure a durable prospect for peace” has not been achieved.
He said that the central objective remains “a Bosnia and Herzegovina that is stable, safe and solving its problems institutionally as it moves towards full Euro-Atlantic integration.”
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ambassador, Ivan Barbalic, admitted that the situation in his country “is still complex” although “a number of positive achievements must also be noted.”
He said that Bosnia and Herzegovina is “dedicated to fulfilling remaining conditions to receive candidate status for European Union membership as early as possible.”
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, in his address to the Council, questioned the objectivity of Inzko’s report and said it contained “a number of slanted prejudices” about the Bosnian Serb leadership.”
He suggested that Council members also read the letter from the President of the Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, to the Secretary-General, as well as the report of the Republika Srpska to the Security Council.
Statement of Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin: “The report contains a number of slanted prejudices of the Bosnian Serb leadership. with a view of establishing a more balanced idea of the events taking place in the Bosnian Provinces we recommend the members of the Council also read the letter from the President of the RS, Mr. Dodik to the Secretary General on 15 November, as well as the report of the RS to the Security Council.”
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 2:30 mins
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV)
- Susan Sacirbey (UNTV)