Asymmetric solutions lead to new divisions in BiH
Party of Democratic Action (SDA) President Sulejman Tihic said today that his party is against asymmetric solutions, i.e. that in the Federation there would be one method of election of BiH Presidency members, and in RS another, because he believes that in BiH Presidency members must be elected the same way to have the same legitimacy and support.
He repeated that the SDA is in favor of implementing the Sejdic-Finci decision, but is searching for a solution that would be symmetric and not asymmetric.
"The SDA is against the idea that in RS the member of the BiH Presidency would be directly elected, and the two from FBiH would be indirectly, because the SDA stands for one method of election in the entire country," Tihic explained after the meeting of the leaders of the seven strongest parties in BiH, held in Banja Luka.
He noted that differences arose around agreement on the Sejdic-Finci decision.
"Our main task is to enable for all citizens, and those who are not from the constituent peoples, the availability of all functions that the Court in Strasbourg requires. We gave ourselves the additional task of ensuring ethnic legitimacy for those who would be elected to the House of Peoples of BiH and to the BiH Presidency and here is where the differences arose in terms of direct or indirect elections," he said in a statement to reporters after the "septet" meeting.
The SDA is nearing the indirect election method, Tihic repeated, but cannot agree with asymmetric solutions, or we would support it if in RS there was consent to introduce an indirect method of election for members of the BiH Presidency.
"In the BiH Constitution we have much asymmetry and we aren't in favor of introducing any new kinds, because it would be one more step to the further division of BiH," the SDA leader said.
Tihic says that the SDA cannot support a solution for the House of Peoples either, because in the end it will further divide FBiH into two parts, or BiH into three, because there would be political representatives of Croats in 90 percent from Herzegovina, Bosniaks from three cantons (Sarajevo, Tuzla, Zenica), and from the so-called "'coffee cup' state, which we didn't want to accept even in far worse circumstances."
He emphasized that the existing solutions are not good and they should look "behind the mathematical solutions that the so-called 'new parliamentary majority' proposes," and to ensure ethnic representation from all of FBiH when talking about election to the House of Peoples, and not only from the majority cantons where certain peoples live.
Tihic noted that at the meeting the commitment of all parties to work for the implementation of conclusions in Brussels was expressed, according to agreed dynamics, starting with Chapter V - Public Procurement and Chapter XXVII - Environmental Protection and agreements on questions raised by 15 September.
They expect that the Council of Ministers of BiH, entity governments, and the Brcko District government will agree by 31 August and propose a mechanism of coordination of various levels of government in accordance with the roadmap agreed in Brussels on 27 June and that BiH would speak with one voice.