January 04, 2017

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, Nenad Stevandic, has said there should be personnel changes in the Intelligence and Security Agency of BiH /OSA/ if it is established that the intelligence officers from BiH eavesdropped on Serbian officials.

He stresses how necessary it is to establish through the cooperation between the authorities at the state level and security services in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH whether it is the case of abuse, thus to sanction and prevent the escalation of negative relations with Serbia or any other countries with the internal unforeseeable consequences.

“If this is a true, the OSA personnel changes should be on the agenda since such services should deal with the protection of citizens’ privacy, rather than provoking conflicts and creating enemies or political abuse,” said Stevandic at a press conference in Banjaluka .

He has noted that the anonymous letter, which his cabinet received on December 16, warned him that there was a problem in the security sector in BiH reflected in how OSA is treating Serbia (as a hostile country), which is one of the guarantors of the Dayton Peace Agreement.

“I was warned that that a hostile attitude and behavior towards Serbia and Republika Srpska have been created in BiH for long time; e.g. in the treatment of elected officials, as well as in the economic, cultural and political cooperation. So, each official, businessman or politician from either Serbia or Republika Srpska are under the criminal processing, “said Stevandic.

He has noted he formally forwarded the copy of this document to Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik, BiH Presidency member from Republika Srpska, Mladen Ivanic, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, Zeljka Cvijanovic, Speaker of the Republika Srpska National Assembly, Nedeljko Cubrilovic, and Republika Srpska Interior Minister, Dragan Lukac, on December 20.

Stevandic says that a copy of the letter has been sent to the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, Mladen Bosic, Deputy Chairman of the House of Peoples of BiH, Ognjen Tadic, President of the Security Committee of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, Milanko Mihajilica, Chairman of the Joint Committee on the BiH Intelligence and Security Agency (OSA) Oversight, Nikola Spiric.

He said he was informed that the only Security Committee of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska held a session on December 23.

“I am of the opinion that this anonymous letter should have appeared before the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, and should be included on the agenda of the Council of Ministers of BiH, the House of Peoples, the Commission on Defence and Security in the Council of Ministers of BiH,” says Stevandic.

He has emphasized that, thereafter, this document must be analyzed in the National Assembly and the Government of Republika Srpska.

Source: Srna