International community High Representative in BiH, Valentin Inzko, stated in his address to BiH citizens that Dayton peace Agreement some politicians see as an a la carte menu from which they can choose only the things that are to their liking.
“I have to say clearly that the Dayton Agreement is an integral document with all of its components still in force. What some refer to as the “original Dayton” also contains, for example, the Annex X (Office of the High Representative), Annex VII (the right to return to pre-war homes), or the presence of foreign judges in the Constitutional Court. The Dayton Agreement contains provisions that would allow citizens of BiH, if there is a minimum of good will, to develop a normal European society, with modern, functioning political, judicial and social welfare systems”, Inzko said in the occasion of November 21., when in 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement was signed.
Inzko stressed that some political leaders, who in the past played a positive role, have since decided to focus on division of territory and power. Today it seems, he said in written message to citizens, there are two parallel political realities in BiH. One of them, said Inzko, would see the country moving along the path towards the EU, which is a positive trend that should be supported. – The other one consists of negative trends that started in the RS ten years ago, and now appear to have spilled over to the FBiH. The politicians in BiH ought to show enough wisdom to choose the way forward, because the way backward can bring nothing good to the people of this country, emphasized High Representative.
He recalled that “ the agreement stopped the war, and it has maintained peace” but that no one should diminish or forget the importance of this. Inzko said that 21 years after Dayton there are still political forces within BiH which are promoting, on an almost daily basis, their revisionist interpretation of Dayton that is evidently in contrast with this article of the Article I of BiH Constitution,which stress that “The Republic of BiH, the official name of which shall henceforth be ‘BiH,’ shall continue its legal existence under international law as a state, with its internal structure modified as provided herein and with its present internationally recognized borders.”
As part of the peace implementation process, based on the Dayton Peace Agreement and with the positive participation of the entities and political parties across BiH, many institutions of BiH have been created. Unfortunately, said him, for a while now certain political subjects that took active part in the creation of institutions at the State level have been talking about so-called “legal violence” and “imposing of decisions.”
“None of that is true. The State-level institutions were established in line with the BiH Constitution. I am proud that the OHR and the rest of the International Community have been a part of this 21-year process. The political subjects in BiH that were involved in this process should also be proud to have been able at one point to gather enough political strength to establish the BiH Armed Forces, SIPA, ITA, Border Police, and six State-level ministries, just to name a few. They should be particularly proud that their efforts enabled those who fled their homes to repossess their properties and rebuild their homes”, Inzko said.
He added that, twenty years ago, he was Austria’s Ambassador to BiH and worked with people who were giving every last ounce of energy and effort to get the country back on its feet.
“I encountered teachers and doctors and taxi drivers and demobilized soldiers and mothers and fathers and sons and daughters – all they wanted to do was come to terms with the tragedy, repair the damage, and get on with living a decent, normal life”, remembered the High Representative.
He added that the International Community saw this effort and backed the Dayton Agreement with five billion dollars in reconstruction aid, followed by other means of assistance, for the purpose of supporting the public services and public administration, agricultural and industrial initiatives, and projects that empower citizens./IBNA