The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Council of Ministers, in a technical mandate, announced that Monday, June 24, is the last deadline for submitting the list of the parliamentary delegation of BiH for participation in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The Ministry announced that BiH if it misses this additional but also the last chance to nominate the delegation would be the only one of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe that will not participate in its parliamentary work.
“If this happens, it is another shame for BiH on the international political scene, which will have negative consequences for the European path of BiH and the decision-making process on candidate status,” the Ministry said in a statement.
Furthermore, it is stated that, in addition, the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, which is the sole responsible for the appointment of a delegation and bears full responsibility for it, neglects the interests of the people in both the Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH. It also means that the country delegates will not be able to participate in the process of making important decisions, as it is the election of the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe and judges of the European Court of Human Rights.
This Ministry notes that the election of the new Council of Ministers of BiH is not in any way related to the election of this delegation.
The announcement reminds that after the 2010 election, the Council of Ministers of BiH was not formed for 16 months, but the parliamentary delegation was timely determined and smoothly participated in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which resulted in the intensification of good cooperation between BiH and the Council of Europe.
“If BiH misses the last deadline, the damage and negative consequences will be even greater, as the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers at a Helsinki session on May 17 created additional room for agreement and provided BiH with another chance to show that it properly respects its obligations and that it is attached to the European values and standards of this largest European international organization,” it was noted in the statement.
The ministry called on the leadership of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH to use the remaining days and appoint a delegation, because “the international reputation of BiH and the interests of the people in both entities must not be hostages of post-election daily political outwitting”./ibna