Posted on Oct 01, 2018
On September 28 a team of Western European parliamentarians and politicians held a press conference in Banja Luka, the capital of the Republika Srpska, at the end of their fact-finding mission ahead of the general election in Bosnia and Herzegovina scheduled for October 7, writes Srdja Trifcovic.
The consensus among the five panelists was that foreign tutelage over Bosnia-Herzegovina was undemocratic, that the country itself was deeply dysfunctional, and that the Serb Republic should plan to secede and declare independence in accordance with the will of its people.
The first speaker at the conference was a former Freedom Party deputy of the Austrian Parliament, Johannes Hübner, who emphasised that it is essential to uphold and respect the Dayton peace agreement. He said that democracy is one of the core values of the European Union, and that it should accordingly respect what the people seek – and not what some high international representatives want. According to Hübner, if the EU respects the will of all constituent nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it will be possible to reach a lasting solution fairly soon. On the other hand, he was concerned that if the EU continues to push for a more centralised state – as the OHR has done for years – then nothing will change in the next quarter of a century.
Honorary Belgian senator and Flemish Alliance deputy Frank Creyelman declared his total sympathy with the desire of the Serb people to get out of “the monstrosity known as Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Creyelman said that the same EU technocrats who want to keep the Serbs inside “Bosnia” also impose Muslim immigration on their own people. They can do so, he said, because they live in a protected bubble and don’t have to endure the consequences of their actions. Creyelman concluded his remarks by saying that the Serbs should enjoy the right to quit Bosnia just as the Flemish people should enjoy the right to quit Belgium, an equally artificial country.
Zmago Jelinčič Plemeniti, who heads the Slovenian National Party in his country’s parliament, was categorical in his assessment that the Republika Srpska should be independent and that it has every right to become independent. Jelinčič took note of the fact that the constitutional framework agreed in Dayton has been continuously violated by foreign meddling, which has resulted in the abrogation of 90 percent of the guaranteed rights of the Republika Srpska. He illustrated the absurdity of Bosnia-Herzegovina with the example of its constitutional court, composed of two Serbs, two Croats, two Muslims and three foreigners – with the result that the Muslims always have the majority. Jelinčič concluded that the EU/US preference for the Muslims must end, now that everyone sees what this means as a threat to European culture and perhaps even to the very survival of Europe.
Italian Senator Antonio Razzi expressed his regret that the slogan “live and let live” is not being applied to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the Serbs are denied the right to self-determination. His compatriot Luca Bellotti, former undersecretary for agriculture in Berlusconi’s last government, said that he believes the Serbs should be treated as an equal partner by the EU, and not as a party to be pressured. Both have expressed hope that the current RS President Milorad Dodik will be successful at the forthcoming election.
The author, Dr. Srdja TrifcovIc, is a Professor of International Relations at the School of Political Sciences of the University of Banja Luka, Republika Srpska.
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