13:10 / 04.12.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Schwarz-Schilling: BiH is heading for disaster, urgent and decisive action is needed

Christian Schwarz-Schilling

Christian Schwarz-Schilling

Foto: Kay Nietfeld / PIXSELL

In an opinion piece published by Deutsche Welle on Saturday, the former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina warned that US sanctions on the Bosnian Serb leader in 2017 had no effect, and that as result it is necessary for the European Union to join in the sanctions now, because it must defend European values in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has already crossed the "red line" threatening Bosnia and Herzegovina's survival, so the international community must intervene quickly and decisively to stop him moving down a path that threatens peace throughout the region, said the former High Representative for BiH Christian Schwarz-Schilling.

Schwarz-Schilling went on to say that the "policy of concessions," as defined by the EU's attitude towards BiH, does not bring anything good to that country. As proof of his claim he offered the current negotiations on changes to the election law in BiH being mediated by the US Special Envoy Matthew Palmer and the Managing Director for EU Foreign Affairs Angelina Eichhorst.

The retired diplomat also claimed that both Palmer and Eichhorst are trying to reform the electoral law in Bosnia and Herzegovina in a very non-transparent way and under pressure. He raised the question of how this topic has become a priority at a time when BiH is in the worst crisis since the end of the war and when those seeking to destroy the country need to be dealt with first and foremost.

To this end, the former High Representative believes that instead of negotiating new electoral models, BiH's constitution should be changed first and discriminatory provisions defined by judgments of the European Court of Human Rights removed. He sees the stabilization of the country as the most important task now, but through abandoning democratic values, because a reform of the election law that would lead to even deeper ethnic divisions would further jeopardize the country's stability. "Instead of sanctioning those who are blocking the work of institutions and threatening the country’s stability, ways are being sought to appease extremists," Schwarz-Schilling wrote.

His assessment is that everything that is happening now only encourages Dodik to continue trying to implement secessionist plans, for which he has the support of Russia and China, but also the current President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić. "The plan to create a greater Serbia, which resulted in 2.5 million refugees and the killing of 100 000 people in the 1990s, is still alive and well. I call on the international community, the EU, the United Kingdom and the United States, and in particular Germany, to act urgently and stop the catastrophe into which BiH is plunging," Schwarz-Schilling concluded.

Schwarz-Schilling is an Austrian-born German politician, who served as High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from February 1st 2006 until June 30th 2007 and as the 2nd European Union Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina during the same period.

Source: HRT

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