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US issues threats to Bosnian Serbs
October 27, 2007

US Ambassador to Bosnia, Charles English, has issued a threat to the democratically elected President of Serb entity in Bosnia insisting that the elected Serb lawmakers must accept laws international administrator is making otherwise American response on Bosnian Serbs will be "swift and powerful".

"Conflict with the High Representative is the conflict with USA. The safety and stability of Bosnia Herzegovina is in the interest of United States and we are prepared to defend it," said English in an interview to Bosnian news agencies.

US Ambassador to Bosnia, Charles English, left, talking to Serb President Milorad Dodik.

"[I]f the path of the conflict continues, the reaction of United States will be swift and powerful," English warned Bosnian Serbs.

The Slovak international administrator of Bosnia, Miroslav Lajcak, has enacted a law on October 19 that bans voting procedures established by the international peace treaty for Bosnia reached in 1995 in Dayton arguing that the Annex 10 of that agreement makes the administrator the final arbiter of any Bosnian laws and not the people who have elected lawmakers.

As a result, the dominant Bosnian Serb party has threatened to leave the parliament while Serbia's Prime Minister stated that Belgrade will offer any and every support to the Bosnian Serbs seeking to preserve the spirit of the law of the Dayton Accords. Bosnian Muslims, who have long sought to abolish the Serb entity and establish Islamic domination over Serbs, have accused Serbian premier of meddling in Bosnia.

Today, legal experts of the Bosnian Serb entity are scheduled to meet in Banja Luka to discuss the legal crisis international administrator has caused.

"A law can be made only by an organ legalized by the people," says Mile Dmicic, professor of constitutional law. "The declaration High Representative made is a source of further legal, political, economic and other insecurity for the Serb Republic and its citizens," says Dmicic.

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