Ambassadors in the Peace Implementation Council board will meet today in Sarajevo to discuss the ICJ ruling appeal, a day after the Bosnian agent traveled to The Hague, where he is supposed to lodge the appeal. The session was requested by the Russian Ambassador Petr Ivantsov, who told reporters in Sarajevo that the motion does not enjoy support from the Bosnian government institutions. The Ambassador said that decisions on the foreign policy issues need to be backed by the tripartite head of state. In the case of the ruling appeal, two members in the Presidency were against, he said.
The PIC board meeting comes one days after the top officials of Serbia and Republika Srpska entity met in Belgrade and described the ruling appeal as an attack on the Serbs.
The International Court of Justice’s 2007 verdict cleared Serbia of complicity in genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. The Bosniak member in the Bosnian Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, said on Friday that he would seek a review of the ruling.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said after the meeting with the chairman of the Bosnian Presidency Mladen Ivanic, Republika Srpska president Milorad Dodik and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic that it was not clear what kind of relations the Bosniak leaders expected with Serbia after taking such action. He said Belgrade would support the decisions made by Bosnia’s Serbs.
“Serbia will always stand by the Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina because we are inextricably linked to the people. We will support RS and everything that is done in Bosnia on the basis of the constitution and the law. We will not support anyone’s unconstitutional measure,” Nikolic said.
Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik described the move as an act of hatred.
“This is an act of hatred by Bosniak Muslims from Sarajevo towards the Serbs,” Dodik told media.
Ivanic promised that Bosnia’s Serbs would retaliate for the move.
“In the coming days, you will see our concrete actions,” he said.
Serbian premier Aleksandar Vucic also promised to back Bosnia’s Serbs.
“We will never put pressure on the representatives of the Serbs. It is their sovereign right and they know what is the best for them,” he said.
But he also condemned the Bosniak leader’s attempt to revive the lawsuit.
“We have no right to let someone humiliate Serbia,” he said.
The window during which an appeal to the 2007 ruling can be lodged at the ICJ expires on February 26.