Republika Srpska National Assembly (RSNA) MPs, at the special session in Banja Luka, supported the opinion of Serb BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik that the announced arrival of Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović in BiH and the deployment of members of the European Border Agency and the Coast Guard (Frontex) on the border of BiH represents “a threat to the vital interest of the entity of Republika Srpska”.
The two decisions were discussed at the BiH Presidency session a few days ago but there was no consensus. In accordance with Constitution BiH, Dodik requested a special session of the RS National Assembly in order for the two-thirds majority to confirm his position, in which case the decision and conclusions of the BiH Presidency would not enter into force.
A two-third majority, or 56 deputies, voted in favour of Dodik’s statement and the conclusion this morning at 5 am, after a 12-hour session. None was against or abstained, but opposition MPs left the Assembly hall during voting in order to show that they are against such a decision.
The ruling majority’s adopted conclusion states that “the status agreement between BiH and the European Union on actions carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in BiH is, for the most part, not disputable for RS, but it is unacceptable for the RS for the decision to be adopted without the consent and participation of the RS Ministry of Interior, given that it is responsible for most of the border zone referred to in the agreement, but also for the fact that the agreement is being adopted by outvoting the BiH Presidency member from the RS”.
It is the responsibility of the BiH Presidency member to launch, in accordance with his competences, and on the basis of the Law on the Procedure for Conclusion and Execution of International Treaties, a new initiative and negotiations for the conclusion of a status agreement between BiH and the EU on actions performed by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in BiH with due respect for the opinions and views of the competent RS authorities.
Head of the “Together for BiH” parliamentary group in the RSNA, Edin Ramić, said during the debate that a special session of the RS National Assembly was unnecessary, as well as raising the issue of vital interest of the RS with regards to the announced visit of Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović to Bosnia and Herzegovina, which should have taken place on March 2 and 3.
“This will not prevent President Đukanović from coming to Srebrenica on July 11 to take part in the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the genocide, and it is somewhat unnecessary for us to deal with this issue here”, Ramić emphasized./ibna