Attitude of officials in Republika Srpska is clear – smaller B&H entity will not respect the decision of the Constitutional Court of B&H, which ordered the entity authorities to harmonize the Law on holidays with the B&H Constitution. The State Constitution is an integral part of the Dayton Peace Agreement and any violation of this provision represents violation of the peace agreement on which is based the political system of B&H.
Representatives of the entity of Republika Srpska unanimously rejected the decision of the Constitutional Court of B&H on the unconstitutionality of the Day of RS, the 9th of January, at the meeting with President of RS Milorad Dodik.
The High Representative for B&H Valentin Inzko sent a special report to the UN Security Council in September, in which he stated that RS is violating the Dayton Agreement by adopting decision on calling a referendum on the laws imposed by high representatives, and especially the Court and the Prosecutor’s Office of B&H.
The OHR announced then that Annex 10 of the Dayton Agreement is clearly stating that the High Representative has the final authority when it comes to the interpretation of the agreement regarding the implementation of the civilian aspects of the agreement.
The OHR, as well as the Delegation of the EU and the Embassy of United States, agree that the decisions of the Constitutional Court of B&H is final and legally binding, and they had the similar attitude regarding referendum in the RS and realization of constitutional rights of Bosniak children to study on Bosnian language.
With his statements regarding the referendum and independence of RS, as well as the statements of non-recognition of the State of B&H and mocking the highest judicial and state institutions, Dodik is not only showing disrespect for B&H for years, but also to the authorities of the International Community.
Attitude of the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) is that the Bonn powers should not be used until the political problems in our country can be internally solved.
It is quite clear from the previous practice that this policy does not influence too much on Milorad Dodik, which is raising the question whether the time for using the Bonn powers has come.
Inzko has already used the Bonn Powers several times, and the most important of his moves are the replacement of the Minister of Interior of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton Himzo Djonko, the abolition of supervision of Brcko District and the imposition of temporary budget for Mostar. He proactively used the Bonn Powers to ensure the financing of the FB&H as well.