Serbs Boycott Parliament Session over ICJ Ruling Appeal

The national parliament members from two main Serb parties boycotted a session because of what they described as a constitutional crisis over a possible appeal against the 2007 judgment in Bosnia’s case against Serbia at the International Court of Justice. Lawmakers from the Serb Democratic Party, SDS, and the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD, have criticized the Bosniak member of the national tripartite presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, who said last week he was consulting with experts about whether an appeal could be launched.

Aleksandra Pandurevic, the head of the SDS club, said that Izetbegovic was trying to go around the state institutions and initiate the appeal: “The problem is the behavior – that (one) person is trying to be the (collective) presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bakir Izetbegovic is not the presidency, nor the parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Pandurevic said.

 

The Serb vice speaker asked for Thursday’s parliament session to be postponed, but the request was rejected.

Thirteen of the 14 lawmakers that represents Republika Srpska entity did not attend Thursday session, but it went ahead without them as a quorum was reached.

 

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