The Ambassadors of the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) Steering Board rejected the conclusions adopted by the ruling coalition in the RS National Assembly as based on erroneous interpretation of the Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA).

The interests of Republika Srpska are served not by rolling back essential reforms, but by implementing forward-looking reforms that support and strengthen the security, stability and prosperity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and reduce BiH’s reliance on international supervision”, reads the statement issued by the PIC Steering Board Ambassadors.

They reminded that Bosnia and Herzegovina was recognized as a sovereign country in 1992 and transformed with the signing of the DPA into a state consisting of two entities. “The RSNA conclusions contradict these facts”, the statement reads.

Also, the PIC Steering Board Ambassadors reminded that “Bosnia and Herzegovina enjoys sovereignty and the Constitution of BiH does not leave any room for any ‘sovereignty’ of the entities, which only exist legally by virtue of the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina”. “This has been affirmed by the BiH Constitutional Court on many occasions”.

According to the statement, “Republika Srpska has no right to secede and operates under the DPA which recognizes the territorial integrity, political independence and sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

The RS is obliged by the Dayton Peace Agreement to comply with decisions of the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and provide all necessary assistance to the state-level government in order to enable it to honor the country’s international obligations”, the statement reads.

The PIC Steering Board Ambassadors fully support the state-level institutions which are required for the effective functioning of both entities and call upon the RS authorities to refrain from undermining them.

Ambassadors also expressed full support to the High Representative and his mandate, and commended the efforts of the High Representatives in implementing the DPA. “The international community retains the necessary instruments to uphold the DPA”, the statement concludes.

The Russian Federation expectedly disagrees with this statement.