SARAJEVO, December 4 (FENA) – Members of the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) Steering Board, whose representatives held a two-day session in Sarajevo, urged state authorities to respond more adequately to the migrant crisis and increase the budget frozen at 950 million KM since 2012.
The High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina Valentin Inzko said after that PIC members had a meeting with representatives of security agencies in BiH, assessing the fact that one police officer is guarding 20 or 22 kilometers of the state border as shocking.
“It is the responsibility of the entire state to take care of migrants, it is not the responsibility of only one entity or local community. I wonder what it would be like if the international community did not provide 32 million EUR to help migrants,” Inzko said.
He called it unacceptable the fact that local elections have not been held in Mostar for 11 years, stressing that this is a priority issue that needed to be resolved in the context to amend the BiH Election Law, since there is only six months left to ensure that the 2020 elections are organized in that city.
He also referred to today’s meeting at the US Embassy in BiH, which highlighted issues to amend the BiH Election Law, and in this connection the Croat Democratic Union (HDZ) showed will, but it is necessary to work together when it comes to Mostar and other changes requested by the HDZ BiH.
He said there is also an idea for the OHR to be a mediator during the negotiations between the HDZ BiH and the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) on the issue of elections in Mostar, and Inzko announced that those negotiations could be opened as early as next week.
“Mostar is the only city in Europe, and perhaps in the world, the fifth largest city in BiH, whose citizens have not been able to vote for 11 years,” Inzko emphasized.
Inzko confirmed that he did not have insight in the content of the Reform Program adopted by the BiH Presidency, which should be sent to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels.
He stressed that his jurisdiction relates to the civilian aspects of the Peace Agreement, but what he knows is that the original document was 160 pages long and this one has about 25 pages. He thinks that NATO should now say what they received, but he believes that they will not do so but will only confirm that they received the document from BiH.
Inzko recalled that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the Sejdić-Finci case, and called on the authorities to resolve the matter.