Bosnia and Herzegovina has failed to form a new convocation of Council of Ministers or a Government, 13 months after the General Elections, High Representative Valentin Inzko warned in a report he presented to the UN Security Council members on Tuesday afternoon.
In his statement, the High Representative expressed his regret that the government formation process has now stretched for over a year, adding that, although the Council of Ministers from the previous mandate continues to function until new Council of Ministers are appointed, it remains hamstringed by the politically calculated and unnecessary blockade of the BiH Parliament.
“This means that no new legislation can be adopted, including the state-level budget, which severely limits the country’s ability to effectively deal with emerging issues, such as the migration crisis”, Inzko stressed.
He recalled that the European Commission responded to BiH’s request for membership in the European Union in May, when it identified 14 key priorities that the country needed to work on.
The High Representative points out that there is consensus in BiH regarding its path towards the European Union; yet, given that the state parliament does not operate, it is the legislative body that should ensure the implementation of reforms and it is at a standstill.
The High Representative highlighted the continued divisive and destabilizing rhetoric that overwhelms the political climate. He added that some political leaders from RS continue to make statements expressing separatist tendencies or predicting the dissolution of BiH, while some Croat representatives seek a territorial rearrangement of the country.
“At the same time, the biggest Bosniak party has again adopted a party platform advocating the Republic of BiH, which was not helpful”, the High Representative said.
He also stressed that the glorification of convicted war criminals, which is still widespread, makes the possibility of a true and lasting reconciliation amongst all peoples much harder to attain.
Inzko also spoke about the formation of new police forces in Republika Srpska, which he claims was an alarm to the public in BiH, which is why he believes that the international community should strongly monitor the development of this situation.
Speaking about the BiH Constitutional Court ruling on Mostar and the ECHR ruling in the “Sejdić-Finci” case, which remain open for 10 years now, the High Representative underlined that the “rule of law and the fight against corruption should be priorities for BiH”, as OHR stated.
The High Representatives also mentioned that the most reprehensible issue is revisionism or outright denial of the Genocide in Srebrenica, which constitutes a legal fact, since it has been confirmed through the judgments of both international and domestic judicial bodies, including the ICTY – a body established by the UN Security Council.
The High Representative also took the opportunity to call on the international community to “continue to work in unity, in order to preserve the achievements of the past two decades and, above all, deliver on the promise of a better future for the citizens of BiH. /ibna