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English19/02/2020

RUSSIAN FEDERATION DID NOT SUPPORT JOINT STATEMENT

 

SARAJEVO, FEBRUARY 19 /SRNA/ - The Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council /PIC SB/ reiterates its full support for the work of the BiH Constitutional Court and all its judges, says a statement from the PIC SB which was not supported by the Russian Federation.

 

The press release says that the decisions of the Constitutional Court are final and binding, and must be implemented by the respective authorities.

“The Constitutional Court of BiH is the cornerstone upon which the constitutional framework of Bosnia and Herzegovina relies, and an essential pillar for the rule of law and democracy in BiH,” says the statement.

The PIC Steering Board says it remains committed to fully functional institutions at all levels of authority in BiH, which are capable to address the needs of the citizens of the country and honor the country’s international obligations.

It says that blockages of the state institutions, as well as “ultimatums to BiH-level officials”, are unacceptable.

“The official term ‘Inter-Entity Boundary Line’ in no way represents a state border or implies the statehood of Republika Srpska, an entity created by the Dayton Peace Agreement within BiH,” says the statement.

The PIC Steering Board reaffirms its commitment to upholding the Dayton Peace Agreement and the territorial integrity and fundamental structure of BiH as a single, sovereign state comprising two entities.

“The entities have no right to secede from BiH and only exist legally by virtue of the BiH Constitution. All parties must comply fully with the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP), including all its annexes, and decisions of the High Representative,” says the statement which was not supported by the Russian Federation.

The Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council urged all political actors to focus on moving BiH forward on vital reforms in the areas of democracy and functionality of the state, rule of law, fundamental rights, and public administration reform, as part of its EU accession path.

Political aims should be pursued through engagement in dialogue to find common grounds, says the PIC Steering Board in the statement. /end/sg