AFP: Russia requested UN Sec Council vote to abolish post of High Rep in BiH

NEWS 20.07.2021 18:15
Source: OHR (N1)

Russia requested a vote in the UN Security Council on its recent draft resolution, which if adopted would result in closing down the institution of Bosnia’s international administrator by the end of July next year, to take place on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reported.

This was reportedly confirmed by diplomats who spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity.


It is now up to France to decide on the request, as the country holds the presidency of the Security Council this month.

The draft resolution, also backed by China, would also immediately strip the High Representative of the international community, tasked with overseeing the civilian implementation of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, of his special powers.

According to the AFP, western diplomats said that “Moscow and Beijing may not garner the minimum nine out of 15 votes necessary to approve the resolution, without one of the five permanent members of the council resorting to their veto power to block it.”

One diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, reportedly said that Russia's draft resolution has no other objective than to “undermine the institution” of the High Representative.

“It is absolutely crystal clear that this does not need any kind of endorsement by the Security Council,” the diplomat said, according to the AFP.


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