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Izetbegović: OHR's indecisiveness and silence encourage secessionist policies

Text: Darinka Mitrović

BANJA LUKA, October 15 (FENA) - President of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) Bakir Izetbegović said today after the session of the SDA Presidency iheld n Banja Luka that life would be much better in BiH if it were not for disruptive policies led by the president and the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD).

"If it weren't for such policies, life in BiH would be much better today, we would have a better standard, fewer young people would leave the country, but now, such policies gradually and inevitably lead us into a deep crisis, uncertain scenarios, conflicts," Izetbegović added.

Speaking about the conclusions of the party presidency, he stated that they called on the responsible forces in the entity of Republika Srpska, which have a democratic capacity, to stop with such policies.

Izetbegović emphasized that there is no possibility of unilateral annulment of previously adopted laws in the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, adopted by consensus of political parties from both BiH entities. He added that the lower authorities cannot impose their will on the BiH institutions, nor annul their decisions.

"The High Representative's silence to secessionist policies in the country additionally encourages them which could lead to the destabilization in the country and the region," Izetbegović said after a party leadership meeting in Banja Luka, prompted by the BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik’s threats of possible secession of the RS entity.

Izetbegović has urged the High Representative to fulfill his duties, to react within his mandate.

"If the OHR does not protect its latest decisions regarding the ban on denial of genocide and other war crimes, the SDA Presidency will instruct the authorized applicants to appeal to the BiH Constitutional Court in violation of the BiH Constitution regarding yesterday's decree of the RS president," Izetbegovic added.

The Presidency of the SDA called on the Prosecutor's Office of BiH to react to any attempt of attack on the constitutional order of BiH.

The presidency of the SDA, as Izetbegović added, expects that the law on contributions will be adopted in the Parliament of the Federation of BiH in order to enable the minimum salary to be increased from 406 KM to 700 KM.

They also asked the FBiH Parliament to adopt a law on the completion of the implementation of Annex 7 of the Dayton Peace Agreement by allocating 1.5 to two percent from the budget for sustainable return to the RS, as well as for the return of Serbs in the FBiH.

"We welcomed and supported the joint appearance of pro-Bosnian parties in the general elections in 2022.," said Izetbegović.