Tuesday, October 30, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (October 30,2007) – The international community will not allow its authority to be undermined. Challenging the international community’s authority is counterproductive and dangerous, Miroslav Lajcak stated. Lajcak emphasized that the Office of the International Community's High Representative in Bosnia (OHR) was formed by the Dayton Agreement and that the institution has its place in the Bosnian political system, as well as the responsibility and mandate,and that only the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) can decide and influence the OHR activities.

The political representatives of the Serbians living in Bosnia will certainly not decide on the activities of the OHR, Lajcak said.

He added that the Bon Powers have been in force since 1997 and have been used for 829 times so far. The powers have been used 334 times in the legal sector – 95 laws have been imposed and 229 laws have been amended or changed.

The Bonn Powers have been used 157 times for the purpose of replacing the officials and 76 times because of the lack of cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Lajcak emphasized that his measures were passed for the purpose of better functioning of the Bosnian state. He added that neither of the decisions is aimed to cause damage to Serbians living in Bosnia. That is why the sharp reactions of their political representatives “all fall into the sphere of lies, demagogy and deceiving”, he said.

The International Community's High Representative in Bosnia added that it is time for Bosnia's politicians to go back to their normal activities.

Commenting the PIC Steering Board meeting due next week, Lajcak stated that strategic debate is necessary.

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