Slovenia's Foreign Ministry on Saturday evening issued a statement to express concern over the Bosnian Serb leadership's insistence on a disputed referendum despite a ban from the Sarajevo-based Constitutional Court.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs closely monitors the developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. While considerable progress on the path towards the EU was achieved earlier this week, the Ministry, however, observes with concern that decisions of the highest state institutions, most notably the Constitutional Court, are not being respected. Respect for the rule of law is one of the cornerstones of the European Union," the Slovenian ministry said in a press release.
The ministry recalls that the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has suspended the decision to hold a referendum on observing 9 January as a Republika Srpska day. "Regardless of the referendum results, the Ministry expects that the final decision of the Constitutional Court regarding the constitutionality of the referendum will be respected."
The Slovenian ministry underscores "the importance of a calm and tolerance-based internal political dialogue between all the nations of Bosnia and Herzegovina founded on respect for all the institutions and the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a unified state."
"Stability and unity of Bosnia and Herzegovina are of key importance for achieving progress in the social and economic reforms as well as progress on the path towards Euro-Atlantic integration. On this path, Slovenia will continue to offer its support and assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina."
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