The exclusivity of the SDA and partners from the Bosniak corps who have their imaginary condition and do not want to form authorities… Republika Srpska is collateral damage of such a situation and this is why we are groping in the dark, suffering huge political damage, and what is more important, economic and financial damage…
Republika Srpska President Željka Cvijanović has said that BiH’s future is very gloomy having in mind that election results cannot be implemented in keeping with the election will of citizens and that the public justifiably asks why do we need elections if losers will still be in power.
“The political game started the day we were informed of election results which were not to the liking of the SDA in the first place but also of some other political parties from the FBiH who would rather see there some other parties from Republika Srpska with whom they have already shared political destiny and responsibility for participation in the authorities,” Cvijanović said in an interview with SRNA.
She has said that it is not a secret that they want to reduce the space for the SNSD, the largest and the most important party in a group it makes together with its coalition partners, in a way to ignore the election will of Republika Srpska voters, by which they demonstrate their attitude towards Srpska and its citizens.
“This is one dimension of my statement that BiH’s future is gloomy, and the other is that an agreement on anything of importance cannot be reached in BiH – you cannot complete basic things in an acceptable way, you cannot implement any project as you can in normal countries, you cannot reach agreement on distribution of money even though it is well known how this should be done,” said Cvijanović.
SRPSKA SUFFERS HUGE POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL DAMAGE
When asked how much the fact that authorities at the level of BiH and the FBiH have not been formed influences Republika Srpska and the implementation of a number of projects which are standing still even though Srpska is ready to implement them, Cvijanović has said that Srpska is suffering huge political damage, and what is more important, huge economic and financial damage.
“If you have elections, if they were conducted in keeping with procedures, then you expect that the election will of citizens is respected, that authorities will be formed, but this is not happening. This is political dimension, and we all can ask why do we need elections if someone wants to play games with the will of the voters or if someone blackmails someone, puts conditions, particularly in a country such as BiH where the category of ethnicity is very clearly expressed and if you know how representation functions at all levels, since we have such a Constitution and the Dayton concept,” Cvijanović said.
She says that this means that some political parties want to trick democracy, democratic procedures and rules that must be implemented.
“In addition to political damage, which is very important, even more important is economic and financial damage. There is no agreement in BiH on coefficients, distribution; it is not possible to determine certain priorities. If you started a project and you need approval or some paper from the Council of Ministers or some other institution, you will wait endlessly. You will need several months and sometimes a few years, as is the case with the Bridge Bratoljub, with the construction of highways, energy projects, and so on, for that which can be solved in a few weeks under normal circumstances,” Cvijanović said.
Instead of searching for a compromise, the Republika Srpska president says, some are becoming exclusive, as the SDA and partners from the Bosniak corps have become, who have their imaginary condition which by the way serves nothing; they do not want to form authorities and then we suffer the consequences we suffer now.
SRPSKA IS COLLATERAL DAMAGE OF CURRENT SITUATION IN BiH
“Republika Srpska is collateral damage of such a situation; we are groping in the dark, since this, in a way, violated relations between the two Entity Governments. The fact is that the FBiH has not formed a new government, and the existing one does not have credibility or capacity to do that which is expected from it. We in Republika Srpska do not know who is our partner with whom we can launch some activities,” Cvijanović said.
One can conclude, Cvijanović says, that we in Republika Srpska are collateral damage of such a situation.
“Do some think that we will put up with this forever? I don’t think this will be the case. Some things must be put in a correct order which will enable us to function within our competences. Now, the whole system is being suffocated, and we in Republika Srpska do not want it because Srpska is organized; we managed to form the government immediately, to implement the election will of voters, to continue working without any pause, to increase salaries, pensions, we managed to organize the financial situation,” Cvijanović said.
“The fact that they are blocking even things that are important for the FBiH obviously does not bother anyone. We are bothered and are concerned about citizens; it is not easy for us to wait for this game of the Bosniak political circle to end,” she said.
“We want to be stronger every day, to have greater salaries, greater pensions, to complete a highway, to build bridges we planned to build as we need them – one that will connect us with Serbia and one that will connect us with Europe, in Gradiška.
We want to do it, but we are constantly burdened and are dealing with some imaginary subjects, hidden or open political games to which political Sarajevo is prone. They are behaving like they have all the time of the world, but they do not. Republika Srpska cannot have infinite patience,” Cvijanović said.
REAL LIFE TAKING PLACE IN ENTITIES IS PRIORITY
When asked to comment on the economic situation in Republika Srpska, whether more can be done to improve the business climate, draw foreign investors, open factories and create new jobs, Cvijanović has said that the atmosphere in BiH influences Republika Srpska, but that anyway, many things improved.
“Republika Srpska functions in such atmosphere and these are aggravating circumstances. Our budget suffers damage because we did not get the amount of money that belongs to us, because you cannot reach agreement in a normal way, and off course that it will be felt. The fact that we live in such a cumbersome system, where you must first finance institutions at the level of BiH from your indirect revenues, and then that which is left is divided between the two entities where the real life takes place, is certainly felt. It turns out that in such a system some administrative level, 23,000 or 24,000 people employed in institutions, is more important than schools, hospitals, social care, subsidies, infrastructure…,” Cvijanović said.
She has said that real life is the priority and not the administrative structure or a narrative.
“But, despite all this, we are functioning even under such upside-down circumstances. We cannot change these upside-down circumstances because some foreigner and individuals in Sarajevo invented them. They thought that the more you inject in BiH the more BiH will look like a normal state. This is not done this way. This is an upside-down logic. A state becomes a normal state when institutions can meet their obligations toward citizens and when they are responsible for their job,” Cvijanović said.
She has said that this is why Republika Srpska institutions are important and this is a hallmark of functionality, and not the narrative of some BiH, of some state, and artificial pumping up of the same.
She has said that Republika Srpska wants agreement and institutions to be formed, the ones which would do their job, but that someone is intentionally hampering it.