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Representatives of RS suspend work on decision-making in joint institutions

RS (Serb Republic, Republika Srpska) representatives have suspended participation in decision-making at the level of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) until a new law on the Constitutional Court of BiH is passed, which will not include foreign judges in that court

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RS President Zeljka Cvijanovic said today that representatives of the RS in joint institutions are suspending work on decision-making until a new law on the Constitutional Court is adopted, RTRS reports.

After a meeting of RS officials, RS representatives in BiH institutions, and leaders of parliamentary political parties in the RS, Cvijanovic said that was the first conclusion of the meeting.

RS representatives have suspended participation in decision-making at the level of BiH until a new law on the Constitutional Court of BiH is passed, which will not include foreign judges in that court.

Cvijanovic said that there had been a continuity of "decisions of the Constitutional Court of BiH that are detrimental to the RS."

"I wanted to hear the opinions of those present today. We unanimously adopted two conclusions. The participants agreed that RS representatives in BiH institutions will suspend their participation in deciding on any matter within the jurisdiction of BiH institutions until the adoption of the Law on the Constitutional Court of BiH, that will not have any foreign judges. Secondly, an urgent session of the RS Assembly is needed to discuss the decisions of the Constitutional Court of BiH ," said Cvijanovic.

The meeting was attended by RS President Zeljka Cvijanovic, Serb Member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik, President of the National Assembly Nedeljko Cubrilovic, Prime Minister Radovan Viskovic, RS government members, President of the RS Council of Peoples Nada Tesanovic, and RS Constitutional Court President Dzerard Selman.

A few days ago, the Constitutional Court of BiH found that Article 53 of the RS Law on Agricultural Land contravenes with the Constitution of BiH. The article states that agricultural land that is a public good or state property, by law, becomes the property of the RS.

Dodik: This is a coup

Yesterday, Serb BiH Presidency Member Milorad Dodik called the BiH Constitutional Court's decision to register agricultural land in the RS as BiH property a "coup" - because he said it "represents an attack on the territorial organization," according to which 49 percent of BiH territory belongs to the the RS (Serb entity), and 51 percent to the Federation of BiH (Muslim and Croat entity).

Dodik said that the territory belongs to the entities, noting Annex Two of the Dayton Agreement, which talks about the inter-entity border, while the external border represents BiH's internationally recognized border.

Dodik also told SRNA agency that "state property can by no means be BiH property, since BiH is not designated as a 'state' or a 'republic', or in any other way."

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