Elections held under current Constitution will not be recognized
I have to say clearly, in complete coordination with the European Union, that there is absolutely no option that either the Council of Europe or the European Union would recognize another parliamentary election held under the current discriminatory Constitution, Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland said today in Sarajevo after a meeting with Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH Vjekoslav Bevanda.
Act as soon as possible
That is why, he added, moving forward urgently - before the summer - to accomplish some things is necessary, considering that local elections in BiH are scheduled for the fall, after which it will quickly be 2013 and then we approach another parliamentary election.
According to Jagland, it is imperative that solutions that will affect the elections are made now and that they are resolved before the summer, before the important aforementioned deadlines.
"It is extremely important that the current favorable political conditions are utilized in the best possible way, which to a great extent are the doing of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, to take this absolutely unavoidable and necessary step, to execute the ruling of the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg", Jagland said.
He expressed satisfaction that he had had the opportunity to meet with Chairman Bevanda, "because this is a man who has wisdom, optimism, courage, and pragmatism to make very difficult decisions that in the end will lead the country toward a very popular goal, which is for the country to become a full partner in all European processes of
Jagland pointed out that it is extremely important for BiH that it becomes part of what is already happening and that it progresses on the same path together with neighboring countries.
"The only way to realize that is that the first condition that a country fulfills all the obligations it has assumed in becoming a member of the Council of Europe", Jagland said.
Chairman Bevanda said that during the discussion they summarized the situation, defined where BiH is on the European path, and located hot spots, primarily the lack of implementation of the Sejdic-Finci ruling.
Bevanda: Political agreement
"It was pointed out that without political agreement, which will be implemented and brought to parliament, we're dealing with a risk, we're dealing with a period when we will simply become a country that they won't dedicate much more attention to, and where we will
compromise what we have already gained, and that is membership in the Council of Europe", Bevanda said.
"In addition," he said, "I informed my guest on the current situation connected to the budget and we discussed frankly my political views on the implementation of the Sejdic-Finci ruling."
"I believe that the ruling must be implemented in full capacity."
"At the same time, I expressed optimism that we will resolve the current political disputes and become credible, first just among ourselves, and then with the Council of Europe and all institutions. I sincerely hope that BiH will not end up on the 'side rails', since all the countries of the region have made progress, Croatia will become a member of the EU next year, Serbia and Montenegro have made great progress, and I believe that the citizens of this country do not deserve to stay on the tail end of events," Bevanda said.