Serb entity cuts all contacts with high rep over NDH insult

The government of the Serb Republic (RS), the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, has decided to suspend all contacts with High Representative Valentin Inzko.

Source: Beta, Tanjug
(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

This came after Inzko compared the marking of RS Day on January 9 to the establishment of the WW2-Nazi allied Independent State of Croatia (NDH), that ran death camps where mass murder of Serbs, Jews, and Roma occurred.

But Inzko's office (OHR) announced that, according to the Dayton peace agreement, the RS government "cannot cut relations and communication," Beta has reported.

The RS government announced earlier on Thursday that its decision would remain in effect until Inzko apologized for the insult, made during an interview.

All political parties in the Serb entities, veteran associations, as well as the Serb representative in the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina and its current chair, Mladen Ivanic, also asked Inzko to apologize.

A day after RS Day was celebrated in Banja Luka, Inzko said that "only the Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina exists as far as the international community is concerned," while the RS "received its legitimacy on November 21, 1995, in Dayton."

"If we were to start celebrating holidays like January 9, then some could think of also celebrating, for example, April 10, the day when the Independent State of Croatia was founded."

Inzko also told the Sarajevo-based website Faktor at the time that "nobody is thinking about that," adding, "one should look toward the future, not the past."

The Austrian diplomat later denied that he compared the RS with the criminal NDH, and said his message was "not properly understood," Sarajevo newspaper Dnevni Avaz reported.

"There was no comparison in my statement of January 9 with the day the NDH was founded," he told the paper, adding that instead, he wished for "an end to the rhetoric of divisions, and for politicians to finally reach an agreement on the dates that this country and its citizens can mark in a way that would equally include all segments of society."

In an earlier statement, Inzko said the likening of the RS and the NDH was "not his core message."

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