Bosnia and Herzegovina faces worst crisis since 1995

Bosnia and Herzegovina, which used to be part of Yugoslavia, is facing its worst crisis since fighting stopped in 1995, according to the High Representative Valentin Inzko who briefed the Security Council on Monday.

Valentin Inzko

Last month Republika Srpska, one of the two autonomous entities that make up the country, decided to hold a referendum in June on the validity of the powers of the High Representative and state institutions.

The High Representative oversees the implementation of the 1995 Dayton Paris Peace agreement, which ended almost four years of conflict in Bosnia, one of the conflicts in Yugoslavia when it disintegrated in the 1990s.

Valentin Inzko said the country is facing a direct threat to its very existence.

“The conclusions and the decision on the referendum which were adopted by the Republika Srpska National Assembly in April are not only a clear breach of the Peace Agreement but also put into question all laws, I repeat, all laws enacted by the respective high representatives, claiming they are in violation of the Peace Agreement. As such, the recent actions of the Republika Srpska, if allowed to proceed, would have a major impact on the functionality and sustainability of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

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