The Serb Democratic Party (SDS) and the Party of Democratic Progress (PDP), two major opposition parties in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity, decided they will not participate in an RS National Assembly session where BiH Presidency member, Milorad Dodik, is trying to secure support for his veto on a decision to grant the agrément to the new German ambassador.
“We do not want to support the policy of isolation of RS. We will not support what Dodik is asking for. The position of the RS has worsened in recent months. This would also cause economic damage, we would lose one of the most important economic partners, and the damage would be immeasurable,” said SDS president Mirko Sarovic.
“We will not participate because the special sessions are becoming a circus. We do not see this as a topic – this is crazy politics. You don't have to agree with the views of certain countries, but you maintain diplomatic relations with them,” said Jelena Trivic, from the PDP.
Bosnia's tripartite Presidency has granted the agrément to the new German ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina with Bosniak and Bosnian Croat members, Sefik Dzaferovic and Zeljko Komsic, voting in favour. Their Bosnian Serb colleague, Dodik, voted against it and announced he will use the mechanism of the vital entity interest to veto the decision.
In order to do this, Dodik needs approval from the RS National National Assembly.
Dodik argued that he voted the way he did because of the role Germany is playing in BiH, specifically because of a recent resolution adopted by the Bundestag.
“Of course, we do not agree with the part of the declaration on Bosnia and Herzegovina that was adopted in the German Bundestag, but the way we can challenge it is precisely the diplomatic way – through the embassies. That is why this is a brutal, classic and disastrous pre-election show today”, said PDP leader Branislav Borenovic.