The Reform Programme Irreversibly Takes Bosnia and Herzegovina to NATO

The Reform Programme will take Bosnia and Herzegovina, including Republika Srpska, to NATO, and this is an irreversible process, opposition Party of Democratic Progress (PDP) leader Branislav Borenovic said at a press conference (21.12), blaming the leader of the ruling party SNSD Milorad Dodik for the complete weakening of the position of Republika Srpska (RS) and its institutions in this regard.

The statement comes a day after the opposition revealed the contents of the Reform Programme, a document that will be sent to NATO Headquarters in Brussels instead of the Annual National Program (ANP) and which is seen as a step forward in BiH’s relationship with the Alliance.

Although Serbian leadership and RS institutions strongly oppose the country’s path to NATO, SNSD leader and BiH tripartite Presidency member Milorad Dodik recently signed the Reform Programme.

“He did this all alone without consulting not only the citizens and the public but not a single institution of Republika Srpska. The NATO membership process will be led solely through the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, without a single opportunity of the Republika Srpska institutions to take part in that process”, Borenovic said.

“It is completely clear, the Reform Programme will take Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska to the NATO alliance and that’s an irreversible process” he added.

According to Borenovic, it would be much wiser if things were defined differently. “We believe that this whole process was hidden for no reason from the public and that it was an attempt to divert attention from the nature of this document” he underlined, adding that the process would involve the transfer of competencies from Republika Srpska level to the level of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Dodik is trying to hide behind the decision of the Republika Srpska parliament. The document has been signed and goes to Brussels and its signing by Dodik means abolition of the institution of the National Assembly”, said opposition leader Borenovic. According to him, the parliament of the semi-autonomous region of BiH had to decide first on this issue, and then proceed with signing.

“We are not talking about the content of the document itself, but about the procedures, how it was created and why it was hidden from the public?”, Borenovic insists.

The Reform Programme was signed in mid-November, more than a year after BiH’s parliamentary elections, with this document being a major obstacle to forming a state-level government. While Bosniak and Croat members of the State Presidency conditioned the government formation with the adoption of what was initially known as the Annual National Programme and later the Reform Programme, the Serb member strongly objected the document adoption, rejecting also the country’s path to the NATO.

The document was eventually signed by him, which led to the appointment of Prime Minister and the final formation of BiH government.

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