Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik says the National Assembly of Republika Srpska will adopt a document rejecting all decisions that are not in strict compliance with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitution if authorities at the BiH level are not formed.
“That means that Republika Srpska will withdraw from the Agreement on Armed Forces, that it will revoke its approval for the institution of indirect taxes, that it will reject operations of the Court and Prosecutor’s Office, and of the State Investigation and Protection Agency /SIPA/ in its territory, and challenge all competences that were transferred to the BiH level,” said Dodik.
He recalled that 83 competences were taken away from Republika Srpska and transferred to the BiH level.
“We will challenge everything and order the Government and other expert institutions to send us proposals that will aim to eliminate and ban everything that goes contrary to the BiH Constitution,” Dodik told Tanjug, recalling that the Constitution precisely stipulated that all duties, functions and authorities not given by the Constitution explicitly to BiH belonged to the Entities.
He said the parliament would challenge all the imposed solutions, but not the Dayton Peace Agreement, which Republika Srpska would continue to respect.
The Serb member of the BiH Presidency added he was prepared for a different scenario too – that authorities get formed, in which case he will try some kind of a reform.
“I am willing to adhere to this agreement, to form the Council of Ministers, to work on European integration, to cooperate with NATO on these issues, to maintain peace together, etc. If they seek 50 men for Afghanistan, we can say there are some who want to earn 5,000 dollars a month, let them go… But sorry, they won’t be able to go to schools any longer and say that there is no alternative to NATO,” underlined Dodik.
The Serb member of the BiH Presidency reiterated that the Annual National Plan /ANP/, a step towards BiH’s integration into NATO, will not be sent to Brussels because Republika Srpska opposes Bosnia and Herzegovina’s accession to the military alliance and does not want an amount of cooperation that would be greater than what Serbia has now.
“There is no path to NATO. We are linked to Serbia in that respect. If Serbia joins NATO within 100 years, so will we. If Serbia does not join NATO 300 years from now, neither will we, as long as I and my political option are in charge of that. The Partnership for Peace and IPAP, they are quite enough,” said Dodik commenting on allegations that by signing the Agreement on the Principles for the Formation of the Council of Ministers together with the SDA and HDZ leaders Bakir Izetbegović and Dragan Čović he had given up the Republika Srpska policy of military neutrality.
He reiterated that the Principles for the Formation of Authorities did not mention the ANP and that it would not be sent to Brussels.
“BiH is not going to submit the ANP to Brussels, it doesn’t say anywhere that it will, there is nothing about it in the agreement. People can interpret it any way they want, but Vuk Karadžić said: ‘Read as it is written, understand as it is written’,” said Dodik.
He explained that the preamble of the principles clearly states a commitment to an accelerated reform process so that BiH may start accession negotiations, primarily with the EU, whereas NATO is not mentioned at all.
Discussing Article 3 of the Agreement which is related to NATO, Dodik reiterated there was not a single word in there that mentioned the action plan, and that it stated that the Constitution and laws would be observed, including the views and interests of all levels of authorities in BiH, which had never been mentioned in any document before.
“That means that the National Assembly of Republika Srpska and its Resolution on Military Neutrality, which is very clear, will be observed, and that no future decisions about membership of NATO will be prejudged,” explained the Serb member of the BiH Presidency.
Dodik said the other two signatories to the agreement, Izetbegović and Čović, knew that he would not allow the ANP to pass and that he had told them that directly during talks.
When asked to comment on a statement by the BiH Presidency Chairman Željko Komšić that he would call a session of the Presidency only when the ANP was accepted and then sent to the NATO HQ in Brussels, Dodik said that obstructions were possible and that the agreement was not binding for someone who did not sign it.
“We will see, obstructions may occur. This agreement is not binding for someone who didn’t sign it, the signatories here are the three political parties that won elections among their peoples /SNSD, SDA and HDZ BiH/,” elaborated Dodik.
He said he was not certain whether the Council of Ministers would be formed within the set period of 30 days, despite the agreement.
“I am not certain, but I feel kind of indifferent to it. In my opinion, it was necessary to reach this agreement and show that those who challenge it will be the ones to bear political responsibility. Croats will be unhappy too if that occurs. Croats too want the authorities to be formed. They are in favour of NATO, but they don’t insist on it because there is no consensus. NATO is a talk made up by the Bosniaks,” underlined Dodik.
When asked to comment on a statement by Daniel Serwer, who said that Dodik was not as much against the path to NATO as much as he wanted to please his Moscow financiers, the Serb member of the Presidency replied that Serwer “is just an as….e receiving money from Muslims.”
Dodik pointed out that he had the same relations with Russia like he did with the United States, but that it wasn’t Russia that interfered in the relations and events in BiH, rather the West.