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The High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Christian Schmidt said, “I see encouraging developments in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina, but I also see profound threats to the fundamental of the peace agreement.” UNIFEED


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DATELINE: 10 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

10 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Council President
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Schmidt, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Nations:
“Almost three decades have passed since the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement. I see encouraging developments in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina, but I also see profound threats to the fundamental of the peace agreement.”
4. Med shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Schmidt, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Nations:
“A crucial step on this path is the European Union candidacy status grant to Bosnia and Herzegovina on December 15 last year. It created positive momentum and was welcomed by the population.”
6. Med shot, Security Council dais
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Schmidt, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Nations:
“One of the key challenges to the full implementation of the Dayton Agreement comes from Republika Srpska, the other entity. The developments in this entity are not business as usual. The accessioning positioning and rhetoric by the entity leadership have dramatically increased in the reporting period.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. UPSOUND (English) Christian Schmidt, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Nations:
“Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik openly advocates for the independence of Republika Srpska and even spoke publicly about the Republika Srpska joining Serbia, this questions the fundamentals of the Dayton Peace Agreement and pursues ascensionist policy. I'm particularly very worried about a joint statement signed by the ruling parties of Republika Srpska on April 24.”
10. Med shot, Council dais
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Željka Cvijanović, Chairwoman of the Presidency, Bosnia and Herzegovina:
“If we all share the common goal of a sovereign independent, stable, functional and prosperous BiH then the most important thing that the Security Council and its members can do is to support the Dayton Accord by words and deeds and condemn actions that would undo the carefully crafted system of checks and balances guaranteed in the BiH constitution.”
12. Med shot, Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations:
“The European Union urges all political actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina to refrain from and renounce provocative, divisive rhetoric and actions including questioning the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the country and to end the glorification of convicted war criminals, as well as genocide denial, and instead actively promote reconciliation.”
14. Med shot, Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Nemanja Stevanovic, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Serbia:
“In this context allow me to state once again that Serbia is consistently and permanently committed to preserving the sovereignty in territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is in line with provisional Dayton Peace Agreement. And Serbia signature on it forever reflects our strict adherence to the principle of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity which must be honored always without distinction.”
16. Med shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Nemanja Stevanovic, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Serbia:
“The countries of our region need a speeding up of the EU enlargement process and steady progress in reform more than ever before. We welcome every step taken of Bosnia and Herzegovina in this direction as it brings us closer to our common European future.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council



STORYLINE:
The High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Christian Schmidt said, “I see encouraging developments in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina, but I also see profound threats to the fundamental of the peace agreement.”

The Security Council today (10 May) held its semi-annual debate on BiH.

Briefing the Security Council, the High Representative for BiH, said, “A crucial step on this path is the European Union candidacy status grant to Bosnia and Herzegovina on December 15 last year. It created positive momentum and was welcomed by the population.”

He continued, “One of the key challenges to the full implementation of the Dayton Agreement comes from Republika Srpska, the other entity. The developments in this entity are not business as usual. The accessioning positioning and rhetoric by the entity leadership have dramatically increased in the reporting period.”

According to him, “Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik openly advocates for the independence of Republika Srpska and even spoke publicly about the Republika Srpska joining Serbia.”

Schmidt also noted, “I'm particularly very worried about a joint statement signed by the ruling parties of Republika Srpska on April 24.”

Also addressing the Coincil, Željka Cvijanović, Chairwoman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that it is important to support the Dayton Agreement and “condemn actions that would undo the carefully crafted system of checks and balances guaranteed in the BiH constitution.”

Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, said, “The European Union urges all political actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina to refrain from and renounce provocative, divisive rhetoric and actions including questioning the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the country and to end the glorification of convicted war criminals, as well as genocide denial, and instead actively promote reconciliation.”

Also addressing the Council, Serbian Ambassador Nemanja Stevanovic, reiterated that Serbia is “consistently and permanently committed to preserving the sovereignty in territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

He said, “territorial integrity which must be honored always without distinction.”

Stevanovic also said, “The countries of our region need a speeding up of the EU enlargement process and steady progress in reform more than ever before.”

He concluded, “We welcome every step taken of Bosnia and Herzegovina in this direction as it brings us closer to our common European future.”

Before Schmidt delivered his statement, the Representative of Russia expressed disagreement to Schmidt presence in the capacity of High Representative for BiH. According to Vasily Nebenzya, the position of High Representative remains vacant.
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