Dodik: High Rep in BiH has qualified the Serb people as war criminals

NEWS 04.02.202116:46 0 komentara

Bosnia’s international administrator, Valentin Inzko, has shown his “hatred towards the Serb people” and blamed them collectively for war crimes in a letter he sent to the Republika Srpska (RS) entity parliament asking it to annul honours it awarded to convicted war criminals, BiH’s tripartite Presidency Chairman, Milorad Dodik, said on Thursday. Pročitaj više

“Such a nefarious lie can only be told by a man of low passions like Inzko, who has earned serious money (serving as High Representative). The RS has made a serious departure from the international community and they know perfectly well that we will not accept any imposition of decisions,” said Dodik, who is also the leader of the ruling party in the Serb-majority RS entity.


Inzko, who is the High Representative tasked with overseeing the civilian implementation of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement in Bosnia, sent the letter with the request to RS National Assembly on Wednesday.

It said that in 2016, the organizing committee which was established to mark the 25th anniversary of the existence and work of the RS National Assembly awarded “special charters and recognitions to numerous institutions, organizations and individuals.”

“Among those who received them were all former speakers of the National Assembly and members of the First Presidency of the RS, including Radovan Karadzic, Momcilo Krajisnik and Biljana Plavsic, whose actions shocked the world during the armed conflict [in Bosnia] and caused unimaginable human suffering. As you know, Karadzic, Krajisnik and Plavsic were convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia,” reads Inzko’s letter.

The Austrian diplomat stressed that “the glorification of war criminals, including glorification in the form in which we witnessed on October 24, 2016, directly hurts and provokes those who suffered the consequences of the war and damages the memory of the victims” and that it “destabilizes the region and threatens the prospects for reconciliation in BiH.”

He urged the RS Assembly to “show political maturity, moral responsibility and moderation towards the future, by revoking the charters with decorations awarded to convicted war criminals Karadzic, Krajisnik and Plavsic.”

“I am giving you and the RS National Assembly a period of three months, until the end of April 2021 [to do so],” Inzko stated in a letter addressed to RS National Assembly Speaker, Nedjeljko Cubrilovic.

Dodik argued that there is a school, as well as other buildings, named after “Muslims who were sentenced for war crimes during WWII” in Sarajevo and that Inzko's letter would be interpreted differently if the High Representative would also have asked for those facilities to also be renamed.

“We will discuss this topic, and he disqualified himself from doing so,” Dodik said, referring to the Austrian diplomat.

The Presidency Chairman said he does not know what the consequences of not fulfilling Inzko’s request could be.

“He caused us too much harm and flattered Muslims in Sarajevo,” he said of Inzko.

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