Russian Embassy repeats Schmidt is “not legitimate” as High Rep in BiH

NEWS 23.08.202113:08 0 komentara
Christian Schmidt (Faruk Zametica/N1)

The Russian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina repeated its earlier statements that the mandate of Christian Schmidt, who is serving as High Representative in BiH, is “illegitimate” because “the principle of consensus was not respected when proposing his candidacy, nor was the approval of the UN Security Council obtained.”

The German politician took over the post of High Representative in Bosnia, tasked with overseeing the civilian implementation of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, at the beginning of August.


The embassies of Russia and China however issued diplomatic notes, rejecting Schmidt’s appointment.

The Russian Embassy stated on Monday that “the note of the Chinese Embassy in BiH on non-acceptance of Schmidt's legitimacy as the new High Representative in BiH represents China's principled position, based on international law, whose support structure is the UN Organization.”

The embassy commented on the criticism it has been facing for its position on Schmidt’s service, saying that many do not understand the rules and activities of the Peace Implementation Council, the international community organisation which appoints the High Representative.

“A number of documents – the General Framework Agreement for Peace in BiH, UN Security Council resolutions, documents of the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) and its Steering Board and, ultimately, established practice – provide for a procedure for electing a High Representative,” the embassy posted on Facebook.

It argued that the PIC Steering Board has been appointing High Representatives exclusively through consensus and that the appointment would then be confirmed by the UN Security Council.

“It is precisely this procedure that our Western partners have always insisted on. And it is clear why. Each time, they had to obtain the approval of the UN Security Council so that the High Representative could use his entire arsenal of powers. As for the consensus, we remind that this procedure was followed even in regard to (former High Representative) Paddy Ashdown, whose candidacy Moscow initially did not agree with,” the Embassy said.

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