Politicians demand the annulment of the BiH Constitutional Court decision

Politicians demand the annulment of the BiH Constitutional Court decision

The highest officials and leaders of political parties in Republika Srpska unanimously demand from the BiH Constitutional Court to annul the decision challenging certain provisions of the Law on Republika Srpska Day, defining January 9 as Republika Srpska Day.

“The BiH Constitutional Court’s decision dated March 29, declaring certain provisions of the Law on Republika Srpska Day incompatible with the Constitution of BiH, is a political act aimed at negating the legality and legitimacy of Srpska and constitutional-legal order of BiH established by the Dayton Peace Agreement. The BiH Constitutional Court’s decision is attempting a revision of historical events and the disrespect of the fact that Srpska was established on January 9, 1992, therefore we are asking the Constitutional Court of BiH to annul that decision”, the statement adopted on the meeting in Banja Luka on Tuesday reads.

In a statement adopted at the meeting of Republika Srpska President Željka Cvijanović with representatives of Srpska-based parliamentary political parties, the single position was taken that the Republika Srpska will continue to celebrate the Republika Srpska Day on January 9.

The decision of the BiH Constitutional Court, as it is stated, confirms the need for the unity of the political and social community in Srpska, which can defend its inviolable rights and interests.

“The decision of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, passed by outvoting judges from the ranks of the Serb people, is a continuation of political incitement to ethnic conflict, which led to a tragic conflict and warfare”, the statement reads.

The text quotes part of the decision passed by the Constitutional Court of BiH, which annuls provision on January 9 as the Republika Srpska Day, noting “it does not challenge, exclude or limits the competence of the Republika Srpska National Assembly to call a referendum on a date of the celebration of Republic Day”.

“With such a strange, unreasonable and ambidextrous position, the Constitutional Court of BiH ignores the fact that a referendum on this topic was already held on September 25, 2016, where the people’s will to mark 9 January as the Republika Srpska Day was voiced. Such Constitutional Court’s decision attacks the will of the people, democratically expressed in the referendum, which is inadmissible in the modern world. Such a decision proves that neither Republika Srpska nor Serb people, based on whose will it was created, are being respected in BiH”, the statement reads.

Srpska representatives in joint institutions of BiH are obliged to respect the Constitution and laws of Republika Srpska, to represent its interests and to respect the decisions of its institutions.

Republika Srpska President Željka Cvijanović, Chairman of the BiH Presidency and leader of SNSD Milorad Dodik, National Assembly Speaker Nedeljko Čubrilović, Prime Minister Radovan Višković, Chair of the Council of Peoples Nada Tešanović, and the members of the collegiums of the House of Representatives and the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, Nebojša Radmanović and Nikola Špirić, signed the joint statement.

Leaders of the DNS Marko Pavić, PDP Branislav Borenović, SP Petar Đokić, United Srpska Party Nenad Stevandić and NDP Dragan Čavić, and deputy leaders of the SDS Miladin Stanić and DEMOS Spomenka Stevanović also signed the statement./IBNA