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English20/02/2020

BREAK STEREOTYPE AND START LOOKING FOR CONSTRUCTIVE SOLUTIONS

 

SARAJEVO, FEBRUARY 20 /SRNA/ - Republika Srpska President Željka Cvijanović states in Sarajevo that it is necessary to break the stereotype such as the latest joint statement by ambassadors of member states of the Peace Implementation Council’s Steering Board and start looking for constructive solutions, primarily in the judiciary domain.

 

"This means, first and foremost, that a major broad, fair and meaningful judicial reform must be undertaken by using a method of reforms implementation within EU Member States," Cvijanović told the press last night.

The president of Republika Srpska stresses that the Srpska authorities want an environment in which the existence of international judges in the Constitutional Court cannot be imagined within the judiciary reform, or the situation of courts making unconstitutional decisions.

"You cannot imagine the situation of them contributing to the state's clutter, instead of serving a just settlement of certain matters that should be decided on the basis of law, not politics. We have seen the enormous damage caused to the citizens of both Srpska and the Federation of BiH /FBiH/, and the reason for it is the judiciary being the way it is," Cvijanović added.

She states that, when it comes to the condition the judiciary has reached, she primarily thinks of international judges in the Constitutional Court of BiH, practices that need to be improved, and the courts and prosecutors' offices.

"We are witnessing that different laws are used in this country when judging persons of different ethnic background for the very same thing. This is unacceptable and it took many years to fix such a logical thing. We are no breakers, we want a better environment for our children to live in better conditions in the future," said Cvijanović.

Recalling that the ambassadors in BiH keep reprimanding over the departure of young people from the country, she says that young people are leaving because of judiciary-related problems, citing the BiH Constitutional Court of BiH making different decisions on the same matter as an example.

"Once at the appeal of Alija Izetbegović, second time at the appeal of Sulejman Tihić, it ruled quite different things. What is the relation between the international community and the High Representative, who says that property in Brčko has one status, and in Republika Srpska another, and now, in the FBiH, the third," Cvijanović asked.

She stresses that all the things mentioned above cause legal uncertainty, while Republika Srpska representatives want things to be put in order and the real justice reform to begin.

"What we did before is of no use. Unfortunately, they reduced the theory of judicial reform to the need to reform only the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council /HJPC/, which they inaugurated and demanded that it functions in this way," says Cvijanović.

According to her, the conclusions of the Republika Srpska National Assembly give a hand to the partners for an agreement on the realization of legal certainty, which should serve the well-being of each and every citizen.

"I urge the EU to reopen the broad debate and regret that a structural dialogue on judicial reform has stalled under political pressure," says the Srpska president, noting that it happened under the pressure from Sarajevo politicians and the OHR, as they did not want anyone to ask questions about imposed laws and the existence of non-constitutional institutions.

Speaking about defining the inter-entity boundary line, Cvijanović recalled that it was an obligation stemming from Annex Two of the Dayton Peace Agreement, and that FBiH Prime Minister Fadil Novalić said it would never come to life.

"When you say something in Republika Srpska and not even speak publically /unlike Novalić/ you get immediate sanctions, discussions at the PIC, ambassadors come. It is high time for the international factor that is present here to start acting impartially and objectively," said Cvijanović.

The president of Srpska stresses that international factor’s bias is inadmissible as it prevents Republika Srpska from saying anything it believes is anti-Dayton, while at the same allowing SDA officials to make statements such as the president of that party, Bakir Izetbegović, about trading for entity voting on international judges’ departure.

"The Federal prime minister says he will never abide by Annex Two of the Dayton Peace Agreement. In what country do we live? I listen to the views and statements by foreign ambassadors who say the full implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement is an imperative. What about those people who refuse to implement it," Cvijanović asked.

She adds that it is necessary to urgently stop accusing Republika Srpska, which is not responsible for the lack of elections in Mostar for years, the dissatisfaction of the Croat people and failure to elect new FBiH Government without Serbs.

"It is not our fault that they have made education segregation separating the children into different shifts. What does the SNSD, Milorad Dodik, Željka Cvijanović, or anyone else have to do with it? It's a mess they want to bring from their backyard to the terrain of the entire BiH," noted Cvijanović.

She concludes that Republika Srpska is a regulated society intending to strengthen institutions and calling for its right. /end/vos