BiH: Dodik blocked the recognition of Kosovo’s independence

BiH: Dodik blocked the recognition of Kosovo’s independence

The Presidency of BiH, at the session on Thursday, did not adopt the decision on the recognition of Kosovo, because the Serb member of the Presidency, Milorad Dodik, voted against the proposal.

The Croatian member of the Presidency, Željko Komšić, and the Bosniak member, Šefik Džaferović, voted in favour of this proposal.

A regular and two extraordinary sessions of the Presidency were held in Sarajevo today, after which Komšić addressed the press.

He confirmed that his proposal for BiH to make a decision on the recognition of self-proclaimed Kosovo was rejected.

Later, on the separate press conference, Dodik said that this issue will be again on BiH Presidency agenda, but that he will proclaim it a “Serb people national interest issue”. This means that he will send the request for an extraordinary RS National Assembly session, where MPs will vote about the recognition of Kosovo’s independence. The result is easily predictable as the majority is against it.

Also, the request of the Serb member of the Presidency to move the BiH Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was not accepted. As was expected, Dodik voted in favour, but the other two members were against it.

About the decision on BiH’s accession to the Mali Schengen initiative, the opinion of the Council of Ministers was requested. It was ordered that the Cabinet analyse and inform the Presidency what joining the initiative would mean for BiH.

Dodik also asked for a minute of silence on the occasion of the death of Momčilo Krajišnik, the first president of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska and former Serb member of the BiH Presidency, but that proposal was rejected./ibna