The Communiqué issued after the meeting reads that, “while recognizing that there are legitimate concerns with regard to the discrimination of constituent peoples and citizens across Bosnia and Herzegovina that should be properly addressed”, the PIC Steering Board believes that “an initiative to challenge the name of Republika Srpska before the Constitutional Court of BiH would be counterproductive and irresponsible, as the names of the entities are enshrined in the Constitution of BiH”.
“Such initiatives undercut the building of trust among constituent peoples and their political representatives as a basis for much needed reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, reads the statement.
The PIC SB recalled that the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina recognizes that the country consists of two entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska.
“The PIC SB has repeatedly expressed its commitment to the territorial integrity and fundamental structure of BiH as a single, sovereign state comprising two entities, and that there will be no redrawing of the map of BiH”. “In this context,” the statement continues, “the PIC SB strongly condemned recent rhetoric and actions that question the sovereignty and territorial integrity of BiH or demand the territorial reorganization of the country, and thus create tensions over fundamental aspects of the Dayton Peace Accords”.
The Steering Board also condemned any attempt by political actors at rejecting decisions of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as unacceptable and not in line with the country’s international commitments, including its European path.
The Peace Implementation Council Steering Board called upon all parties to refrain from any further divisive actions and rhetoric, and to engage constructively on the formation of authorities at all levels in order to move the country forward.
The Russian Federation did not join this Communiqué. Russian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Petr Ivantsov said after the meeting that the statement was too general and not focused on current problems. Furthermore, according to Ivantsov, the statement holds all political actors in the country responsible for the current situation, which actually means that no one is responsible.