Bosnia-Herzegovina MPs ask that Republika Srpska referendum be prevented

A group of deputies in the Bosnian parliament's House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the most influential western countries to get involved and prevent the implementation of a referendum by which the authorities of the Bosnian Serb entity plan to bring into questions the respect of the decisions handed down by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitutional Court.

Thirteen deputies from the ranks of the Croatian Democratic Union 1990 (HDZ 1990), the Party of Democratic Action (SDA), the Social Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SDP BiH), the Democratic Front (DF) and the Bosnia and Herzegovina Patriotic Patrty (BPS) have sent an open letter to the international community's High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, and the ambassadors of the United States, Germany, France, Great Britain and Russia, saying that the Republika Srpska's decision to organise a referendum on 25 September on whether or not a ruling handed down by the state Constitutonal Court should be implemented, threatened the Dayton Accord and peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"This move is aimed at trying to get what the Greater Serbian policy failed to get during the war and in the text of the Dayton Accord," reads the letter.

MPs warned that calling such a referendum was "an attempt to degrade and strip the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina of its powers," MPs said adding that it was the culmination of Bosnian Serbs' permanent denial of the role of the high representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Persons residing in the Republika Srpska are expected to vote whether or not they want January 9 to be declared as the day of the Bosnian Serb entity, despite a verdict of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitutional Court which ruled that the referendum was unconstitutional.

Last update: Tue, 02/08/2016 - 13:57

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