Putting the integrity and sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina into question is not acceptable for the European Union, EU Spokesperson, Peter Stano, said at a press conference on Thursday (14.10), responding to questions regarding recent statements of BiH Presidency member, Milorad Dodik.
Dodik, the Serb member of the tripartite Presidency member and leader of the ruling party in Bosnia’s semi-autonomous Republika Srpska (RS) entity, said that “at least seven” EU member states support a peaceful dissolution of BiH.
But according to Stano, this is not true and all EU member states oppose it.
“This is the clear position of all 27 EU members – we are committed to the sovereignty and integrity of BiH”, he said.
Dodik has recently also said that the RS will withdraw its previous agreements which led to the creation of the BiH Armed Forces, leave state institutions and ban the activities of the BiH Indirect Taxation Authority and BiH’s state police in the RS as a response to the law banning genocide denial in BiH which the former High Representative in the country imposed in July.
“Steps, efforts, actions and statements that call into question the integrity of BiH are not acceptable. We call for an end to the use of inflammatory rhetoric and divisive rhetoric, including questioning state institutions. That is not acceptable”, Stano said.