International community High Representative in BiH, Valentin Inzko, said in an interview for Banja Luka newspaper “Nezavisne novine” that certain political stakeholders wish to create a false picture, where the International Community or the Constitutional Court of BiH appears to confront RS citizens and the instruments of direct democracy.
“But this is about the authorities who made the decision and then conducted the referendum, which irresponsibly abused this instrument, in clear violation of the constitutional framework. Prior to conducting the referendum, the International Community clearly stated that any referendum must be conducted in a way that is consistent with the BiH Constitution, and cannot violate the General Framework Agreement for Peace or the constitutional framework of BiH. The International Community also said that the proposed referendum asked voters to declare themselves on a matter already decided by the BiH Constitutional Court, whose decisions are always final and binding”, Inzko explained.
He said that the BiH Constitutional Court clearly stated that the RS National Assembly Decision on the referendum could not be implemented until the Court had a chance to decide the case. RS authorities decided to ignore the international community and to directly violate two Constitutional Court decisions.
“RS citizens need to know that their leaders are not always honest, and that was the case this time. The way the RS authorities presented this issue to the public was also aimed at stirring up emotions and causing an emotional reaction. In all the events surrounding this referendum, the RS authorities failed to mention one crucial thing: this was not about the holiday itself, but about respecting the constitutional order of BiH. Nobody was objecting to the RS right to have an official “Day of the RS” that is in line with the BiH Constitution”, the High Representative pointed out.
He stressed that any referendum must be conducted in a way that is consistent with the BiH Constitution, and cannot violate the General Framework Agreement for Peace or the constitutional framework of BiH.
Inzko also said that political leaders have learned very well that by constantly reopening the wounds of the past and spreading fear, they do not allow healing and do not allow citizens to look to the future. Yet, said Inzko, in every corner of country people face the same problems, and in most cases they are not related to any nationalist issue but they are everyday needs, like putting food on the table and paying bills./IBNA