BiH: The RSNA’s recent decision on the ‘Srebrenica report’ upsets internal equilibrium

BiH: The RSNA’s recent decision on the ‘Srebrenica report’ upsets internal equilibrium

A week after the National Assembly of the Republika Srpska (RSNA) ‘denied’ the “Srebrenica report” the wave of criticism is still shaking the political scene of this former Yugoslav republic.

On Monday, the Bosniak caucus in the RSNA’s House of Peoples decided to demand the protection of the “vital national interest”, which means that the decision about the report still cannot be published in the “RS Official Gazette” and therefore cannot come into the force. Chief of the Bosniak Caucus in the RSNA’s House of Peoples, Mujo Hadžiomerović said to media that the verdicts of several courts, local and international explained what the role of RS government and the army were in the events that took place in Srebrenica from July 10 to 19, 1995.

“And now someone expects that we should trust the new report compiled by those institutions? It is the worst act of re-sratching the wounds of those who have suffered the most. Sick minds have led to aggression in BiH and genocide. They deny genocide and hide mass graves”, said Hadžiomerović after the Bosniak Caucus’s session in Banja Luka.

There is also a question of legitimacy about the RS government’s decision to nullify the “Srebrenica report” requesting a new one, since the government adopted it before the RSNA House of Peoples. According to analysts, the RS government has made a mistake since it adopted a decision without completing the necessary procedure and without publishing it in the “RS Official Gazette”, which means it is not a legal one yet. The government session was held on Saturday, August 18. Meanwhile, the Bosniak caucus prevented its publication on Monday, two days later after the session was held.

According to the procedure, a decision that is under the “protection of vital national interest” must be in accord with the joint commission of both RSNA houses. If this Commission fails to agree on the final text of the decision, then the final word belongs to the RS Constitutional Court. After the end of this procedure, it is possible to publish the decision or, if the court orders it, have it sent back to the parliament with its text changed in accordance with the RS Constitution.

Many international organisations and politicians have condemned the RSNA decision about the “Srebrenica report” and the decision about a new commission which is supposed to examine the events in and around Srebrenica during the entire period of the war. The new report, as the RS president Milorad Dodik said, would include the mass killing of Serbs in their villages, allegedly committed by Bosniak forces under the leadership of Naser Orić. Speaking of the decision, the RSNA said that the Report was made under the pressure from the international community and especially from the then High Representative, Paddy Ashdown.

In his statement to the media, Ashdown said that “Bosnia cannot build its future by attempting to ignore its past.

“Neither the RS National Assembly nor any other institution can change what the world had seen nor what the world knows to be the truth. Such behaviour makes no favours for them or the people they represent. As events from the past show us, those who deny history are almost always destined to repeat it”, Ashdown said.

The main question is – why Dodik and the RSNA decided to question the report now, less than two months before the October general elections?

Many analysts and citizens find the answer to this question quite simple saying it is part of the pre-election games in Republika Srpska…. / IBNA