Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska Zeljka Cvijanovic gave a lecture to the students of the University of Teramo in Italy titled “Republic of Srpska within the Dayton Peace Agreement Constitutional Framework”.
In the introduction of her lecture, Prime Minister Cvijanovic recalled that Italy as early as 1947, after the Second World War, adopted the Constitution which recognized local identities and established an adequate distribution of responsibilities between the central government and the regions.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the Dayton Agreement had two dimensions, it stopped the armed conflict and established the BiH constitutional and political system.
Ms. Cvijanovic pointed to the fact that peace initiatives that preceded the Dayton Agreement referred to the need to establish a decentralized state structure, in accordance with the interests and identities of all three constituent peoples and that the mere fact that Annex 4 of the Dayton Peace Agreement was the Constitution of BiH spoke enough about the significance of this agreement for the functioning of the state and its institutions.
According to Prime Minister Cvijanovic the Dayton Agreement verified the Republic of Srpska, recognized its high degree of autonomy and full institutional framework that the RS brought into the Dayton BiH.
Prime Minister Cvijanovic expressed regret over the lack of confidence among the peoples of BiH, adding that the unilateral moves of the Sarajevo political elite and part of the international community attempting to redefine the Dayton constitutional order did not make BiH better or more efficient, but had just the opposite effect.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska stressed that Republic of Srpska was the best organized, stable and the only functional government level in BiH and added that the focus of the Government of the Republic of Srpska on development and reform processes was yielding results as macroeconomic indicators and continuous economic growth were showing.
The Prime Minister pointed out that Republic of Srpska was committed to preserving peace, European path and regional co-operation and that, as so far, it would firmly insist on respecting the letter of the Dayton Agreement and preserving the competences granted to it by the Constitution.
In addition to the students, the lecture was attended by the Rector of the University of Teramo Luciano Damico, Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences Paolo Savareze and many respectable professors of the University of Teramo.
After the lecture, President Cvijanovic along with the Rector and professors of the Teramo University continued discussions over the lunch in the Students Cafeteria.