Statements on the decision of the Republika Srpska government

Statement of the Office of the High Representative, joined by the EU Delegation/EUSR, Embassy of the United States, Embassy of the United Kingdom, Embassy of Germany, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Embassy of Spain, Embassy of Japan, Embassy of Turkey, Embassy of France, Embassy of Canada, Embassy of Italy

State level law enforcement and judicial authorities have jurisdiction to operate fully throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and this jurisdiction must not be challenged and should be fully and unconditionally respected. The entities have a constitutional obligation to comply with the decisions of the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Questions on the specifics of SIPA actions carried out by order of the BiH Prosecutor should be directed to those institutions.

Statement by the Spokesperson on the decision of the Republika Srpska government to suspend cooperation with certain judicial and law enforcement agencies in BiH

Today’s decision of the Republika Srpska government to suspend cooperation with certain judicial and law enforcement agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina could jeopardize the functioning of the judiciary and law enforcement in BiH.

The EU underlines the need to respect the rule of law throughout the whole territory of the country and calls on authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to maintain mutual cooperation and dialogue.