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Dzaferovic: Disrespecting Constitutional Court decision threatens Bosnia's peace

February 12, 2020

Disrespecting the Constitutional Court's decision violates the Dayton Peace agreement and questions peace on Bosnia, the Bosniak member of the Bosnia's tripartite Presidency Sefik Dzaferovic said Wednesday after the Serb officials said they would not participate in the decision-making process in State institutions.

“The Constitutional Court and the foreign judges in it are part of the Dayton Peace Agreement, as are two Bosnian entities,” Dzaferovic said. “All those blocking the work of State institutions must be aware that they are threatening the Dayton Peace Agreement. They are thus questioning (Bosnia's) peace and stability and leading into the termination of the Dayton Peace Agreement."

After the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement which ended the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia, the country was divided into two semi-autonomous entities, the Bosniak-Croat shared Federation (FBiH) and the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska (RS) entity.

Each of the two entities has its own competencies and their representatives participate in the work of State institutions.

Following the Constitutional Court's decision to declare Article 53 of the RS Law on Agricultural Land, as well as Articles 3 and 4 of the RS Law on Inland Navigation, unconstitutional – RS leaders decided to boycott the decision-making process in State institutions by attending the sessions and meetings, but not taking part in the voting process, thus blocking the process completely.

Dzaferovic said in case the Dayton Accords are threatened, the country, which existed before its signing, will continue to exist and everything that was made by the agreement, like the RS and FBiH entities, will also be threatened.

He warned it is high time that Bosnia's judicial institutions react to such threats, as well as for the international community to protect the Dayton Peace Agreement more resolutely.

Source:  http://ba.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a409780/Dzaferovic-Disrespecting-Constitutional-Court-decision-threatens-Bosnia-s-peace.html

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