BiH: Ρolitical landscape still shaky over infamous non-paper

BiH: Ρolitical landscape still shaky over infamous non-paper

After the so-called “Janša non-paper” emerged, political tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina have moved to an inter-party level in Republika Srpska (RS) and Federation BiH.

Milorad Dodik, leader of the RS ruling party of Alliance of the Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) and Chairman of the tripartite BiH Presidency, is obviously attempting to use the situation to show that his idea on the secession of the RS from BiH and its existence as an independent state is not strange to European politicians anymore. In the non-paper, he sees another chance to fulfil his plan for, as he always emphasizes “the peaceful dissolution of the state which is non-functional in every aspect.”

He even went as far as to call a ruling coalition meeting after which he stated to the media that “the RS National Assembly will establish a working group with the aim to negotiate with other constitutive peoples in BiH about the state’s future.” He added that talks should be held without “foreigners” and that the peoples in BiH should decide about their destiny. Obviously, the RS delegation stands by its position on a “peaceful dissolution”.

On the other side, the leader of the biggest Bosniak Party of the Democratic Action, Bakir Izetbegović, uttered one of the most disturbing statements in the entire post-war period when he refrained from adamantly shutting down a war scenario in BiH. He said he could not say that, as his previous experiences tell him otherwise.

As he claims, the people, especially the Bosniaks, should not worry because he is “ready to stand in front of them and lead them into battle.”

“I would rather die today than allow those who committed the genocide to rule a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Definitely. I am telling you this today during Ramadan. So, there is no question that they will do that. They can start, but they won’t know how it will end,” Izetbegović said.

He forgot to add that during the 1992-1995 War he was not in the Army and spent the entire time protected under his father’s wings, the late Alija Izetbegović.

To begin with, he used the term “genocide committers” (“genocidaši”) yet in an insulting manner. He did not precise who the “genocidaši” are, so it remains unclear whether he refers to a portion or the entire Serb population in the RS.

Apart from the problems arising from the staggering number of coronavirus infections and COVID-related deaths, BiH citizens now have another reason to lose sleep at night. What is absurd is that Janez Janša and other Slovenian leaders never confirmed this “non-paper” exist. /ibna