By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka
The International Community High representative in BiH, Valentin Inzko, presented to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, his report about the situation in BiH for the period April 21 to October 21 and warned that, regrettably, “state downward trajectory has continued”. In his report, Inzko said that that major difficulties have been caused by the obstruction and ineffectiveness at different levels of government.
As it was announced from Office of High representative in BiH (OHR), Inzko said that the resulting social and economic hardship has been compounded by the catastrophic impact of the spring floods, which caused more than EUR 2 billion in damage.
“The prompt and admirable readiness of individuals and local communities to assist neighbors in need across ethnic and administrative boundaries was an overwhelming signal that many people are more interested in finding solutions to the country’s problems together than the divisive rhetoric of some politicians would suggest. The international community has responded to the disaster with financial assistance, but much remains for the domestic authorities to do to complete the recovery effort and mitigate the risks of similar disasters in the future” Inzko says in his report and adds that, “in order to address this situation, there will need to be a decisive break with the past and a new way of doing politics. Failure by the authorities to react effectively to the floods, continuing challenges to the Dayton settlement, and anti-democratic election rhetoric all raise serious concerns”.
Inzko said that the continued presence of the EU military mission in BiH with an executive mandate is vital as it enables the OHR and other agencies to fulfill their mandates, and it offers important reassurance to BiH citizens in every part of the country.
“During the reporting period the authorities made no concrete progress on the objectives set by the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council, nor has an equitable and constitutional electoral system been established in Mostar”, Inzko continued.
He also said that from the point of view of his mandate to uphold the civilian aspects of the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP), the ever increasing calls by officials from the RS for that entity’s secession from BiH and other statements challenging the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country are a significant concern.
“Under the authority vested in me, I have made it clear repeatedly that the entities have no right to secede from BiH under the Dayton Peace Agreement and that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of BiH is guaranteed by the country’s Constitution and by international law”, emphasized Inzko.
As a positive note, he said that the participation of BiH Armed Forces units in peacekeeping operations around the world continues successfully, and that this state has moved towards assuming its air control responsibilities from neighbouring countries, following the agreement under the auspices of the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) to make the BiH Area Control Centre (BH ACC) operational.
As it is announced from OHR, Inzko will address the UN Security Council on November 11 to directly brief members on the situation in BiH.