The session of the Presidency of BiH was interrupted after the Bosnian Serb member of the tripartite institution, Milorad Dodik, left the meeting because the two other Presidency members did not want to discuss BiH’s official position on the war in Ukraine.
“Today, every attempt to preserve the constitutional structure was overthrown, it is uncertain how we will proceed,” Dodik said.
He argued that the Bosniak and Bosnian Croat members of the Presidency, Sefik Dzaferovic and Zeljko Komsic, are “using their ambassadors in Brussels and in New York to present exclusively their own positions, positions that were not agreed upon in the Presidency.”
He said that Komsic, Dzaferovic and BiH’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Bisera Turkovic, are “violating the BiH Constitution.”
“The only way out of this is to respect the Constitution, which says that the Presidency is the only one in charge of dealing with foreign policy, not ministries or other bodies,” he said.
Bosnia’s three Presidency members have expressed opposing views on the situation in Ukraine.
While Dzaferovic and Komsic strongly condemned Russia’s activities in the country, Dodik has been arguing that the country should remain neutral on the matter.
He also said that BiH’s UN Ambassador, Sven Alkalaj, joined the EU statement on Ukraine on the country’s behalf without authorisation of the Presidency.
Komsic, however, argued that there is no need for the Presidency to declare BiH’s official position on the matter because the country is a signatory of the UN Charter.
Dodik stressed that he does not dispute the integrity of any state, including Ukraine.
“But now the situation is different than in 2014 – then there was no war on the territory of Ukraine, there was no such hysterical reaction of one part of the world in the demand that everyone obeys only their views. Here in Sarajevo, everyone is subordinate to that,” he said, arguing that officials frequently compare the situation in Ukraine to what happened in BiH during the war.
“This is the collapse of the entire system – if the Constitution fails, so does the state – and these gentlemen have decided to overthrow the Constitution,” he said.