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Džaferović: Dodik can endanger peace, but not Bosnia and Herzegovina
Press release , FENA Photo/Archive
SARAJEVO, September 26 (FENA) - Instead of stopping the anti-Dayton blockade of the work of state institutions and returning to constructive work in the interest of all citizens, Milorad Dodik continues to move in a very dangerous direction. It is high time to stop. His announcement that he will declare the independence of the Republika Srpska in six months indicates a path that can only overthrow the Dayton Peace Agreement and endanger peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, warned the member of the Presidency of BiH, Šefik Džaferović.
He says that Dodik's ultimatum that the Armed Forces, the judiciary and other institutions must be abolished will never be accepted. Not now, not in six months, not ever.
“Therefore, he can only try to unilaterally break the Dayton Peace Agreement and thus disturb the peace, but even then, RS will not become independent. International law, BiH patriots and the Euro-Atlantic community have more than enough strength to prevent this,” Džaferović points out.
He notes that RS is an entity, which exists under the Dayton Peace Agreement. If Dodik tries to go beyond that framework, warns Džaferović, that entity can only disappear, and the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina will exist, because, unlike the entity, it existed before Dayton and under international law therefore it can exist without Dayton, but RS outside of Dayton does not exist.
According to Džaferović, the Constitutional Court with European judges and additional state competencies, the implementation of which was later agreed upon by all, are Dayton categories, and Dodik cannot say that it is no longer valid, that 25 years of Dayton implementation are not valid.