After more than 20 years, the Draft Law on Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina was established.
However, the President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik said that it will not be adopted in the BiH Parliamentary Assembly. He also said that the agreement providing for free movement in the Western Balkans will not pass. And what foreign policy has been based on so far and how?
The law that had been awaited for years was unanimously adopted, stated, among other things, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Elmedin Konaković. One of the main reasons for its adoption is the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the process of European integration to full membership in the EU, according to the statement of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“The agreement brings solutions and moves our country forward. Conflict and quarrels only benefit politicians, guarantee mandates and salaries.”, Elmedin Konakovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said.
Until now, the foreign policy of our country was based on three factions, says analyst Papić, adding that 20 years ago the situation was much better because there was a common position that was presented to the United Nations. Regarding what this law could bring, Papić states that it would be a good start for the unification of our country’s foreign policy.
“Of course, that also depends on other political relations, but I think that the policy of the troika plus adds that other element, agreement and agreement, compromise and will enable a unified foreign policy. I think the text of the law itself is professionally done and regulates the system for foreign policy, organizational ties and relationships.”
With certain corrections that will be incorporated into the legal proposal, it is further referred to the BiH Parliamentary Assembly for adoption. The final decision seems to be a long way off. The statement of the President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, illustrates that there is a long way to go.
“It means that all the political actors that make up the Council of Ministers have agreed, which does not necessarily mean that the other instances will pass. We can see this in some other laws that are threatened or proposed, and in some other instances it is obstructed, so this is just one step.”, Mladen Bubonjic, political analyst, believes.
“It will not be adopted by the parliament.”, Milorad Dodik, President of RS, says.
In the complex political circumstances, the implementation of the Law on Foreign Affairs is questionable, according to analysts. The law has been waiting for a long time in the Council of Ministers, it was removed from the agenda several times because there was no agreement in earlier convocations. Is consent still questionable?