Komšić at the Summit privately, says Dodik

Komšić at the Summit privately, says Dodik

On the occasion of the EU-Western Balkans Summit that will be held on October 6 in Brdo kod Kranja, Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik sent letters to the President of the European Commission, Ursula fon der Leyen, President of the European Council Charles Michel, and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša, pointing out that BiH did not make a decision to take part in the Summit nor did it appoint a delegation or define a platform.
According to SRNA Agency, Dodik pointed out the importance of the Summit for the future of the region and BiH, as well as the fact that a platform on which no position has been taken by anyone in BiH will be adopted. Dodik has said that this is in the competence of the BiH Presidency, but that a meeting that should discuss all this has not even been called.
“Accordingly, we consider every form of participation a violation of the BiH Constitution and Rules of Procedures of the BiH Presidency,” Dodik said and recalled that all foreign policy issues are in the competence of the BiH Presidency and a consensus needs to be reached on every issue as stipulated by the BiH Constitution and the Rules of Procedure of the BiH Presidency.
Given the fact that Chairman Željko Komšić announced his appearance at the Summit, even though necessary legal conditions stipulated by the Rules of Procedure of the BiH Presidency have not been met, Dodik has said that according to the Rules of Procedure, Constitution and legal provisions which regulate the work of the Presidency and appearance of its members at meetings of regional and international character, it is necessary to call a session of the BiH Presidency in order to make a decision by consensus on a delegation that would represent BiH at these meetings.
“Given that the legally stipulated procedure to call a session was not followed this time, Komšić’s behaviour is illegal and in flagrant violation of the existing legal frameworks regarding the competence of the BiH Presidency,” Dodik said.
In his letter to Fon Der Leyen, the Serb member of the BiH Presidency has pointed out that he believed she understood the way the BiH Presidency is functioning as a collective body composed of three members and that this body is making decisions by consensus, but that he “now sees that this is not the case”, but that he still believes that she was poorly advised as only Komšić was invited to attend the EU-Western Balkans Summit.
“This way, they put you directly in the service of destroying BiH and the Dayton Peace Accords, on which they rest, and the BiH Constitution the most. This unilateral approach only contributes to the disintegration of BiH and all actors who support it are supporting the disintegration only.
Unfortunately, we are witnessing situations when some officials are abusing international forums, events and meetings of various bodies by presenting non-harmonized and unauthorized statements which do not reflect the positions of all relevant actors in BiH,” Dodik concluded.
He has said that in this case, Komšić is presenting only his personal positions or positions of his party and that one should not consider under any circumstances that such statements are given on behalf of BiH.
“Malicious political mantra, which is expected to be presented in Željko Komšić’s speech, pointing out on many occasions two out of three ethnic groups as generators of all problems in BiH, is simply not true and reflects a constant switch of arguments. Consequently, the political situation in BiH is unstable, and this instability has been supported by the International Community which decided to turn a blind eye to attempts such as the one expressed in this letter,” Dodik said.
In his letter to Michel, he pointed out that a delegation that will attend the EU-Western Balkans Summit, allegedly on behalf of BiH, in no way is a delegation approved and authorized by relevant institutions and in keeping with regulations that are in force in BiH at any government level.
The Serb member of the BiH Presidency reminded Michel that BiH has a complex election structure, and has a very complex political situation at the moment caused by unilateral, undemocratic actions by some of the representatives of the International Community.
In his letter to Janša, the Serb member of the BiH Presidency has pointed out that the situation in BiH is more than complex, and that the situation is even more worsened because of such cases when Komšić does not ask for a decision from the BiH Presidency which is necessary for someone to participate on behalf of BiH.
“Dear Prime Minister, this has been happening continuously and is leading to a disintegration of BiH as a state union,” Dodik pointed out and expressed the hope that the Prime Minister of Slovenia, who will host the Summit, will pay appropriate and serious attention to the unenviable situation that is the cause of this letter.
Dodik sent letters of the same content to all heads of state of the EU and the Western Balkans, the Office of the Serb member of the BiH Presidency said.