“Deputies who are not present here decided to leave parliament in July, protesting my predecessor’s decision to amend the Criminal Code, which prohibits the denial of genocide and other crimes. What I absolutely do not understand is that someone is blocking a parliament that is the right place to talk. What kind of position is that? ” High Representative (HR), Christian Schmidt asked yesterday in his address to the deputies of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly (PA) of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
According to him, the amendments declared by Inzko are in line with the decision of the European Union (EU) from 2008 and do not refer only to one crime, genocide, but also to others, and serve to protect the victims.
Endangering the future of this country is not an option, he told, urging all parliamentarians who were not present to return to state institutions.
“The powers are in the drawer and I do not rule out the possibility of it opening,” Schmidt noted, talking about the likelihood of using the Bonn powers.
He added that, however, he will not just make things easier for himself, because he wants to make the most of the opportunity to solve problems by agreement.
Further, he added that this country consists of two entities and will stay like that.
“No one who wants to talk about disintegration and will not be in a position to do so, no one will be able to turn back the time, the international community will not watch it silently,” Schmidt pointed out.
As he said, citizens deserve a peaceful, prosperous future, not fear and insecurity. The atmosphere of fear and division will only accelerate the departure of young people, he believes.