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High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt presented his report for the period from November 2022 to April 2023 at the UN Security Council session on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In his report, Schmidt mentioned that after the elections held on October 2 last year, the government in Bosnia and Herzegovina was urgently formed and that the governments of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) and Republika Srpska (RS) entities were also created. and functional.

Schmidt stressed that Bosnia and Herzegovina enjoys a positive momentum in general, and noted that a functional government with strong political and economic potential is of key importance in the process of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s accession to the European Union.

Criticism of the separatist outlets of the Serbian leader Dodik

On the other hand, Schmitt confirmed that Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik spoke publicly about independence and uniting the Republika Srpska entity with Serbia, and said that steps such as opposing the Constitutional Court’s decisions regarding public property in the Republika Srpska and maintaining the borders between the two countries. Entities under state supervision will affect state institutions and unity, and he said he has caused harm. Schmitt said: “Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot become a country in which authoritarian rule in one of its entities dominates over democracy in one of its entities.”

Schmidt said that the joint declaration issued by the ruling parties of the Republika Srpska entity on April 24 particularly worries him, and that the statement here appears to constitute an action plan for secession from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Defining Bosnia and Herzegovina as a former Yugoslav country that has not yet resolved the issue of ownership of public property, Schmidt said, “Entity administrations try to solve issues in their own way, ignoring binding decisions. An example of this is the Immovable Public Property Law, which I suspended in February.” Our international partners continue to respond to this with only one approach.”

In his report, Schmidt emphasized that Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to grow economically despite everything.

The report also stated that the denial of the Srebrenica genocide and the stalemate in prosecuting war criminals remained a major problem.

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