US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the president of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity Milorad Dodika that his actions violate the country’s Constitution and undermine the Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the 1992-1995 war.
Republika Srpska President Dodik's signing of a law rejecting the High Representative's authority violates the Bosnia and Herzegovina constitution and undermines the Dayton Accords. The U.S. supports the Office of the High Representative and its sovereignty, territorial integrity, and multiethnic character, Blinken tweeted.
Republika Srpska President Dodik's signing of a law rejecting the High Representative's authority violates the Bosnia and Herzegovina constitution and undermines the Dayton Accords. The U.S. supports @OHR_BiH and its sovereignty, territorial integrity, and multiethnic character.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) July 7, 2023
US Special Envoy for the Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar, ahead of his participation in the Dubrovnik Forum international conference on the panel “Western Balkans: New Euro-Atlantic Momentum,” commented on the current situation in the region, mainly referring to the crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Escobar called Milorad Dodik Putin's biggest crony, threatened new sanctions if the RS decided to launch a referendum on the status of that entity, and admitted that the situation in BiH reminds him of the pre-war situation in the 1990s in certain aspects.
“Milorad Dodik is one of the biggest messengers of the Putin regime. He praises Putin more than Lukashenko does. It's a disturbing trend. Russia relies on Dodik to throw Bosnia and Herzegovina off its path towards the EU. We are seriously disturbed by what is happening there,” Escobar said.
Speaking about his potential dismissal, Escobar said the time is still not right for such a radical move.
The red line for the US would be the referendum on the status of the Serb-dominated entity which Dodik announced for the end of the year. Should that happen, Escobar said US actions would be sharp and the High Representative’s Bonn powers would be used.
On the occasion of the latest crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia’s Sputnik reported last night that Russia had allegedly raised the issue of the “dangerous situation surrounding the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina” in the United Nations Security Council.
The spokesperson of Russia's permanent mission to the UN, Fyodor Strzizovski, said allegedly that making decisions in the BiH Constitutional Court “without the participation of Serbs or any other state-forming people of BiH is a path that leads to the destruction of the Dayton structure and, what is especially dangerous, to a potential conflict.”