The Council of Peoples of the Republika Srpska today discussed the Law on Immovable Property used for the functioning of public authority, in connection with the Decision on initiating the procedure for the protection of the vital national interest of the Bosniak people.
Since at the session of the Council of Peoples no agreement was reached regarding the aforementioned law, following the procedure for the protection of the vital national interest, the matter was referred to the Joint Commission of the National Assembly of the Republika Srpska and the Council of Peoples of the Republika Srpska for harmonization of laws, regulations and acts.
The National Assembly of the RS adopted this Law at the end of last year, and the Bosniak People’s caucus in the Council of Peoples of the RS decided at the beginning of January to raise the issue of vital national interest.
“We voted according to the Rules of Procedure today at the session. The Rules of Procedure instructs that when one caucus raises an issue of vital national interest, then voting is done by caucuses. The Bosniak caucus raised an issue of vital national interest when it comes to the Bosniak people and has maintained its position,” Adil Osmanović, delegate in the Bosniak People’s caucus, told FENA.
He added that other caucuses, the Serb caucus, the Croat caucus and the Caucus from the ranks of Others, all unanimously supported the law and stated that there was no violation of the vital national interest.
“Since we maintained our position a commission of the Council of Peoples and the National Assembly of the RS is being formed, which will try to agree on the law again. If there is no agreement, then it is submitted to the Constitutional Court of the RS, which makes the final decision. I expect that the Constitutional Court of the RS should be up to the task, and that is to accept the decision of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina from September 2022, which stated that the RSNA violated the Constitution of BiH by adopting this law,” stated Osmanović.
Therefore, he calls on the Constitutional Court of the RS to protect the Constitution of BiH and the Constitution of the RS.
“But we will see what kind of decision they will make,” Osmanović said.
Asked if there is room for the high representative to act in this case, he answered in the affirmative.