The Vice-President of the Republic of Srpska Ramiz Salkic confirmed yesterday that the Bosniak representatives of the government will certainly submit an appeal to the Constitutional Court of B&H against the decision of the National Assembly of the RS on a referendum on judicial institutions in B&H that is to be held in that entity, unless the High Representative in B&H Valentin Inzko does not annul that decision.
Salkic explained that an appeal can be submitted to the Constitutional Court of B&H on the decision on referendum after the publication and law validity of the Assembly’s decision on the referendum if, as he stated, the High Representative in B&H “fails to do his job”.
Reiterating the attitude that the decision of the Parliament of the RS on referendum is anti-Dayton and contradictory to the Constitution of B&H, Salkic pointed out that the implementation of that decision can cause serious consequences for peace and stability in B&H.
“If OHR wants to fulfill its Dayton mission, to protect the Dayton Agreement, we believe that it will cancel this decision and that there will be no need for an appeal to the Constitutional Court of B&H”, said the Vice-President of the RS to the press in Banja Luka.
Salkic emphasized that the separation of the Assembly’s decision on referendum and just recent formation of the Committee for the implementation of referendum represents procrastination in order for the authorities in the RS to gain “more time for trade”.
“We can see that the essence of referendum is the trade regarding the structural dialogue and jurisdictions of the Court of B&H, in order to switch as much cases as possible to the entity level and in certain way take the authority away from that Court”, Salkic believes.
It is evident, Salkic said, that the results of the referendum have no legal power, since the laws are being changed in the Parliament of B&H where there is no capacity for changing the laws according to the intentions of those who are initiating the referendum.
Salkic added that the attitude of the Committee for the implementation of referendum in the RS, in which there are no Bosniaks, will also be considered, all due to possible following decisions on the implementation of referendum.