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Ban Ki-moon: “The referendum held on September 25th was a grave violation of the Peace Agreement”

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Following the delivery of report about progress in BiH to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, international community High Representative, Valentin Inzko, met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

In the press release about this meeting, Office of the High Representative said that this was also their farewell meeting. The High Representative thanked the Secretary General for his continuous support and commitment to achieving peace and stability in BiH during both his terms in office, including his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2012.

Inzko informed the UN Secretary General about two important trends visible in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“While Bosnia and Herzegovina’s leadership continues to commit itself towards reform aimed at EU integration, in parallel certain political actors continue with divisive actions and destructive agendas of the past aimed at further division of the country”, Inzko said.

At the meeting with the UN Secretary General, the High Representative fully supported the EU integration of BiH. He expressed hope that the politicians in BiH will focus on the EU accession path and not on destabilizing issues like the RS referendum.

“The referendum held on September 25th was a grave violation of the Peace Agreement. Above all else, this was an attack on the judiciary and the rule of law, which were the prime targets of this act. This goes well beyond the issue of holidays. With this unprecedented step, the authorities of Republika Srpska have revealed that they do not consider themselves bound by the Constitutional Court’s decisions, effectively opting out of the judicial system of the country”, said the High Representative.

During his visit to New York, the High Representative will also meet with permanent representatives of several UN member states. For the remainder of his visit to the United States, the High Representative will visit Washington where he will meet Assistant Secretary and Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, Ambassador David M. Robinson, and Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoyt Brian Yee.

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