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High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina is a source of colossal problems

Against the background of an unprecedented aggravation of the situation with the participation of external forces

On November 4, a regular meeting of the UN Security Council was held, dedicated to the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). He was expected with special interest. At such meetings, the reports on the situation in the country prepared by the so-called High Representatives (EaP) in BiH are discussed. This time, the new VP Christian Schmidt was to present his report for the first time. However, even at the last meeting of the Security Council in July, it became clear that pushing for K. Schmidt’s candidacy for the post of the Interim Government did not receive approval either from all the Bosnian parties, or from such permanent members of the Security Council as Russia and China.

The Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Security Council has demonstrated an unequivocal position: at present, the post of High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina remains vacant. On the one hand, K. Schmidt’s report is viewed as a paper from a private person, and on the other hand, as an outstanding product in terms of bias and anti-Serb orientation. Russia stated that if earlier there were still any hopes for a positive role of the High Representative in BiH and his office, then after the presented report by Schmidt, all doubts on this matter were dispelled: the EaP in BiH “turned into a source of colossal problems.”

Schmidt did not attend the meeting of the Security Council. He did not appear at the videoconference either. The members of the Security Council, insisting that all legal procedures for the appointment of Schmidt were followed, have so far been unable to oppose anything to the brilliant diplomatic operation carried out by the Russian Federation and China back in the spring. Then Russia and the PRC proposed to the Security Council a draft resolution providing for the appointment of Schmidt as High Representative. However, all other Council members abstained from voting, thus failing the approval of Schmidt’s appointment. Now, some members of the Security Council had to recognize Schmidt as an interim government in BiH, but not in the Security Council.

Schmidt’s problem is not his personality. The problem is in the very existence of an external governor and in the policies that he pursues in the interests of external actors.

The previous High Representative Valentin Inzko, not embarrassed by the violation of all principles of law, by his own decision and in the absence of the consent of all Bosnian parties, changed the provisions of … the Criminal Code of Bosnia! That is, he put himself above the head of state, government and parliament combined! And he did it a few days before the expiration of his term of office. The arrogant Inzko took and introduced an article into the Criminal Code of Bosnia, providing for criminal prosecution for denying or justifying genocide, up to five years in prison.

Genocide is a serious crime, but on Bosnian soil this fact has an absolutely special meaning. The genocide label was hung only and exclusively on the Serbs. Even an instrument as sinister as the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) recognized the fact of genocide only during the events in Srebrenica in July 1995; No matter how hard the Bosnian authorities tried to prove that the genocide was allegedly committed throughout Bosnia and was committed throughout the war, they failed. Both the International Court of Justice and even the ICTY have repeatedly rejected all the numerous claims containing such requirements.

However, the recognition of the events in Srebrenica in July 1995 as genocide is also not unconditional. On the one hand, there are a number of decisions of the ICTY, in which these events are qualified as genocide. On the other hand, all “silver” business is sewn with white thread. First, in more than a dozen trials, the exact number of victims has not been established. The difference in estimates of their number ranges from 1.5 to 7 thousand. And this is within the framework of one tribunal! Second, it has never been established that the victims are civilians. There is reason to believe that most of the victims were members of armed formations. Thirdly, the extremely contradictory testimony of witnesses raises great doubts. Why were only indictments accepted, and exculpatory statements rejected without explanation?

The falsification of the events in Srebrenica in 1995 looks savage in relation to the Serbian people also because the genocide against the Serbs was either ignored or justified! What is the excuse of the executioner Nasser Oriich!

It is no coincidence that even some judges refused to participate in this farce. There weren’t many of them, but they were. Thus, one of the members of the judicial chamber in the case of General Z. Tolimir (the closest associate of General R. Mladic) voted for the complete acquittal of the defendant, believing that no evidence of his guilt was presented.

The Bosnian Serbs are not going to put up with the label of a “genocidal people”, basely hanged on them by the ICTY and local provocateurs, these criminals who have escaped responsibility. The introduction by a foreign governor of a new article in the Criminal Code is a step towards a further escalation of bitterness, aimed at eliminating the most popular politicians of the Republika Srpska.

Another important aspect of the last meeting of the UN Security Council was the problem of the representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina itself in the UN. For the umpteenth time, the so-called representative of BiH expresses the position of only individual entities. At the same time, not only the position of the Republika Srpska is ignored, but everything is being done to make this position dangerous.

Recall that at the last meeting of the Security Council, the Russian representative V. Nebenza had to demonstrate to the Council members an official document from the head of the BiH Presidium, which does not confirm the powers of the “representative of BiH” in the UN. The issue of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s representation remains an unresolved issue.

However, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution No. 2604, which extends the mandate of the European Union Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina Alfea until November 2022. The draft resolution was prepared by France (which headed the Security Council’s Coordination Group for BiH in October). The resolution was adopted unanimously. It is clear from its text why: it does not contain direct references to the High Representative in BiH.

The UN Security Council meeting on BiH took place against the background of an unprecedented aggravation of the situation and, as the Russian representative in the Security Council said, with the explicit participation of external forces.

Cover photo: Christian Schmidt

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