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The international community's High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Valentin Inzko presented a report to the UN Security Council about the situation in that country which is still burdened with attempts by officials and authorities in the Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS) to undermine the stability and integrity of the country, thus jeopardising the functioning of some of the country's institutions.

In a regular semi-annual report he presented during a session of the UN Security Council in New York on Thursday, Inzko underscored that despite many problems, Bosnia and Herzegovina had managed to move ahead including its submission for approval for candidate status on its European Union path, however, this was still not enough to guarantee lasting stability.

The Austrian diplomat says that Bosnia and Herzegovina is being prevented from activating its path to NATO membership because authorities in RS refuse to cooperate in fulfilling prerequisites such as the registration of military property.

The report further notes that RS has time and time again threatened with unconstitutional referenda. The most ardent in all this is entity president Milorad Dodik who refuses to implement a Constitutional Court ruling of January 9 which ruled that RS Day as unconstitutional.

Inzko warned that RS officials continue to threaten secession of that entity from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"I have made it clear repeatedly that the Dayton Peace Agreement does not allow for the entities to secede. The international community must continue to say clearly that our commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of BiH  is absolute," Inzko said in his address presenting his report to the UN Security Council. 

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