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Old April 27th, 2009 #11
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Bosnia under occupation, Dodik

April 23, 2009 5:01 PM
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina-The Bosnian Serb leader said Thursday that international administrators in Bosnia have overstepped their mandate for a decade and run the country like an occupying power.

Milorad Dodik said the 1995 peace agreement had not foreseen that foreigners would change the constitution, fire local officials or impose laws. Yet, he said, in the past 10 years they have imposed over 300 laws and replaced some 500 local officials.

The result has been that the country was destabilized and peace jeopardized, Dodik told the Bosnia Serb parliament.

"Bosnia-Herzegovina has been for years a prisoner of the Office of the High Representative," he said, adding that the situation can be described as an "occupation."

Dodik has been calling for some time for the closure of the office of Bosnia's international administrator, a post designed to ensure the proper implementation of the peace agreement that ended the 1992-95 war here. The position of administrator is currently held by Austrian diplomat Valentin Inzko.

Foreign administrators are representatives of the Peace Implementation Council, a grouping of countries that signed the peace agreement as guarantors. Immediately after the war, that council concluded that its representatives had too little authority to do their job and extended their mandate so they can remove obstructive local officials and impose laws.

There was no immediate reaction from Inzko's office. A previous administrator, Miroslav Lajcak, responded to similar criticisms in the past by saying that only the Peace Implementation Council can make decisions concerning the authority of the international representative.
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