EC: Referendum unlawful, urges Bosnia sides to refrain from escalation

The European Commission reiterated on Monday that a referendum held in the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska on Sunday had no legal basis and called on all sides in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to refrain from moves which could lead to an escalation of the crisis.

Yesterday's referendum has no legal basis because the Constitutional Court of BiH decided to suspend the decision on the referendum until it ruled on its constitutionality, Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said.

That referendum cannot change the final and binding nature of the Constitutional Court's decision, so we encourage all sides in the country to solve the issue of Republika Srpska Day within the existing constitutional framework, she added.

It's important for all sides to refrain from moves which could lead to an escalation, to focus on reforms which are necessary for BiH to be able to deal with economic and social challenges and which can bring it closer to the European path, Kocijancic said.

Even before the referendum, the West warned that Bosnian Constitutional Court decisions must be respected.

Republika Srpska inhabitants were asked to say if January 9 should continue to be observed as Republika Srpska Day, which the Bosnian Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional.

Last update: Mon, 26/09/2016 - 14:48

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