EU official warns BiH over implementation of court ruling

2013-05-08 22:51:00 GMT2013-05-09 06:51:00(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SARAJEVO, May 8 (Xinhua) -- All political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) would be held responsible if the country fails to implement a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, said Peter Sorensen, Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, on Wednesday.

If BiH does not implement the "Sejdic-Finci" ruling, the legitimacy of the general election in 2014 will be questioned, warned Sorensen during his stay in Gradiska, a town in northwestern BiH.

"All political leaders must take part in it and nobody can hide behind someone else and say that he is not guilty," Sorensen was quoted as saying by local media.

The case of "Sejdic and Finci" ruling involved Dervo Sejdic, a prominent Bosnian Roma and vice president of NGO Kali Sara Roma Information Center, and Jacob Finci, a prominent Bosnian Jew and Bosnia's ambassador to Switzerland, who launched an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights on the basis that BiH's Constitution violates the European Convention on Human Rights.

Under the Constitution of BiH, the presidency, which consists of three members, can only come from three constituent peoples: one Bosniak and one Croat elected from the Federation of BiH and one Serb elected from RS.

The European Court of Human Rights passed a ruling in favor of Sejdic and Finci in September 2009. The European Union has made the adoption of the ruling as a precondition for BiH to join the bloc.

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