|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
"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.
Ambassador to Bosnia, Charles English, left, talking to Serb President
"[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
"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.