Recent calls for a referendum on secession for the Republika Srpska by Prime Minister Milorad Dodik as part of the election campaign are anti-Dayton, unconstitutional and unacceptable. We have emphasised that the Dayton Accords remain the basis for sovereignty, which clearly established the Republika Srpska as an entity within the sovereign state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. My right hon. Friend the Minister for Europe raised this issue most recently when he met Prime Minister Milorad Dodik on 25 July.
At its meeting on 22-23 June 2006, the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council agreed that the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina should begin preparations to close on 30 June 2007. This decision will be subject to final review and confirmation in February 2007, to take into account the domestic and regional situations before closure goes ahead.