Inzko welcomes RS decision to scrap referendum on state court


High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina Valentin Inzko on Thursday said that he had received indications from authorities in the Republika Srpska (RS) entity that they would refrain from conducting a referendum that was to question the work of the state court and prosecutorial authorities.

After meeting with RS officials, Inzko told reporters in Banja Luka that he welcomed signals that the referendum would be set aside.

Inzko met with RS President Milorad Dodik after months of not communicating with him. Dodik had insisted that the Office of the High Representative (OHR) should be closed down and should stop meddling in Bosnia’s internal matters.

Such comments became more frequent after the RS authorities were issued with a clear warning that the international community would not tolerate the implementation of the referendum concerning the state court.

Inzko confirmed today that the international community remained steadfast in its opinion concerning the referendum.

He added that as an entity, RS could organise referendums on matters within its jurisdiction but that it could not question the state’s powers.

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