The President of Republika Srpska, one of the two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, signed the decision, which High Representative Christian Schmidt declared to be annulled.
And the leader of the Bosnian Serbs Dodik, known for his separatist rhetoric, signed the decision taken in the National Assembly of Republika Srpska (NSRS) on June 21 not to publish the decisions of High Representative Schmidt in the official gazette of the entity, thus ensuring the entry into force of the aforementioned decision.
In the statement made by the Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Serbia, it was mentioned that Dodik signed the decision in accordance with the Constitution of the Republika Srpska.
On the other hand, the High Representative Schmidt, using his powers in Bonn, announced on July 1 that he had revoked the decision taken in the NSRS not to publish the High Representative’s decisions in the entity’s Official Gazette and that they could not enter into force. .
Dodek’s opposition to Schmidt’s decision was assessed by the local media as a violation of the Dayton Peace Agreement, which ended the 1992-1995 war in the country.
Schmidt also overturned the decision made in the NSRS, which stated that the decisions of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina would not be considered valid in the entity’s territory.
Dudek said Schmidt was not legal representative and would not enforce his decisions.
Office of the High Representative and High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina
In addition to the complex political structure created by the Dayton Peace Treaty, which ended the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Office of the High Representative (OHR), also created at Dayton, has the power to make laws in case of need.
The Human Rights Office oversees the implementation of the Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina on behalf of the international community. The High Representative also coordinates the activities of international institutions operating in the country.
The High Representative, who submits annual reports to the United Nations on developments and problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has broad powers known as the “Bonn powers”. The High Representative is able to expel persons who interfere with the implementation of peace in the country, including members of the Presidency Council, and to issue laws if necessary.
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