Bosnia and Herzegovina: Effective sovereignty through equality of constituent peoples (Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)
On May 12, the UN Security Council will hold a debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina. Russia is interested in the sustainable and normal functioning of Bosnian state institutions.
The principle of equality for the three constituent peoples, as provided for by the Dayton Accords, must be fully respected.
It is important to continue the policy of conferring full responsibilities for the situation in the country onto the Bosnians themselves. After new central and entities’ state bodies were formed on 31 March, new opportunities are open in that regard. Abolishing the Office of the High Representative is long overdue.
International partners should seriously address the emergence of extremism within the Muslim Bosniak community. This is a threat to the post-conflict Bosnian society that should be adequately assessed. A new confirmation of this trend is the terrorist attack by an armed Islamist against a police station in the town of Zvornik on April 27.
We continue to witness selective accusations against Bosnian Serbs, as well as Bosnian Croats, regarding their activities allegedly undermining the constitutional foundations, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. These accusations are illegitimate and unconstructive. They distort the real situation in the country and create unnecessary tensions in relations between the constituent peoples.