UN / BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

04-May-2021 00:02:55
In his last address to the Security Council as the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko briefed members states on the political situation in the country, where “its political leaders continue to pursue wartime goals, generate divisive narratives and nationalistic political agendas and speak about a dissolution of the state.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 4 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters with Manhattan skyline and East River

4 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina:
“Bosnia and Herzegovina should be firmly on the EU path, but there we are today, and one of its political leaders is openly advocating dividing the country, disparaging and mocking the European Union in the process.”
4.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina:
“To put it in blunt terms, it is unthinkable in our countries, that the President wants to destroy the very country of which he is president. Furthermore, Mr. Dodik’s party, the SNSD recently posted several videos as part of an online campaign promoting peaceful dissolution, which will also run as advertisements to YouTube viewers in BiH.”
6.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina:
“As a High Representative I want to be clear; Dayton does not give the right to entities to succeed. So once again, the political atmosphere is poisoned and progress on the reform is sidelined and it is extremely unfortunate that the Republika Srpska authorities have chosen this moment where the entire country is still in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
8.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina:
“Bosnia and Herzegovina remains in de facto a frozen conflict, an unfinished peace. Its political leaders continue to pursue wartime goals, generate divisive narratives and nationalistic political agendas and speak about a dissolution of the state. The multiethnic diverse society that existed prior to the conflict has all but disappeared while it is becoming more difficult to defend the preservation of multiethnic spaces and resist the creation of monoethnic ones. Hate speech, the glorification of war criminals, and revisitation of hard genocide denial despite the verification by international judicial bodies remain very common in the political discourse.”
9.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations:
“The EU urges all political actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina to abandon the divisive and secessionist rhetoric routed in the past. We wish as well, to reiterate, the EU’s unequivocal commitment to the sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and multiethnic diversity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is a firm and unchanged position. The EU and its member states fully and firmly support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU perspective as a single united and sovereign country.”
11.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting
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In his last address to the Security Council as the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko briefed members states on the political situation in the country, where “its political leaders continue to pursue wartime goals, generate divisive narratives and nationalistic political agendas and speak about a dissolution the of the state.”

The High Representative reported to the Council that Milorad Dodik, a Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina – a three member collective Presidency - “is openly advocating dividing the country, disparaging and mocking the European Union in the process.”

“To put it in blunt terms, it is unthinkable in our countries, that the President wants to destroy the very country of which he is president,” Inzko said. “Furthermore, Mr. Dodik’s party, the SNSD recently posted several videos as part of an online campaign promoting peaceful dissolution, which will also run as advertisements to YouTube viewers in BiH.”

Since the Dayton agreement, signed in 1995 and ending the bloodiest war in Europe since the WWII, Bosnia and Herzegovina is divided in two entities – Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, mostly along the lines held by warring sides. Both entities hold significant political powers.

“As a High Representative I want to be clear; Dayton does not give the right to entities to succeed,” Inzko said. “So once again, the political atmosphere is poisoned and progress on the reform is sidelined and it is extremely unfortunate that the Republika Srpska authorities have chosen this moment where the entire country is still in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In his last briefing to the Security Council, Valentin Inzko who served as the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2009 summed up the situation in the country, said: “Bosnia and Herzegovina remains in de facto a frozen conflict, an unfinished peace. Its political leaders continue to pursue wartime goals, generate divisive narratives and nationalistic political agendas and speak about a dissolution of the state. The multiethnic diverse society that existed prior to the conflict has all but disappeared while it is becoming more difficult to defend the preservation of multiethnic spaces and resist the creation of monoethnic ones. Hate speech, the glorification of war criminals, and revisitation of hard genocide denial despite the verification by international judicial bodies remain very common in the political discourse.”

Also speaking at the meeting, Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations said, “the EU urges all political actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina to abandon the divisive and secessionist rhetoric routed in the past. We wish as well, to reiterate, the EU’s unequivocal commitment to the sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and multiethnic diversity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is a firm and unchanged position. The EU and its member states fully and firmly support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU perspective as a single united and sovereign country.”
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