SECURITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR FULL, EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICE CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

25 June 2004
SC/8134

SECURITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR FULL, EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICE CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

25/06/2004
Press ReleaseSC/8134

Security Council

4997th Meeting* (AM)

Security Council calls for full, effective implementation of police

certification procedures in bosnia and herzegovina

Presidential Statement Follows Challenges in Local Courts,

Reinstatement of Some Persons Previously Denied Certification, Employment

Owing to the increasing number of challenges to the police certification process conducted by the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) International Police Task Force (IPTF), the Security Council today called on the country’s authorities to ensure, through the adoption or amendment of domestic legislation, that all IPTF certification decisions were fully and effectively implemented.

According to a presidential statement (S/PRST/2004/22) read out by the Council President for the month, Lauro L. Baja (Philippines), the Council expressed concern at the failure of the competent authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to take due steps to implement decisions to deny certification.

The Council noted that that failure had already led to several challenges before the courts in that country brought by persons whose employment in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s law-enforcement agencies had been terminated pursuant to a denial of certification by the IPTF.

It further noted that, in some cases, such persons had been reinstated following decisions of some local courts.  Thus, in addition to calling for the full implementation of all IPTF certification decisions, the Council also called for the termination of the employment of persons who were denied certification by the Task Force and for such persons to be precluded from employment, either now or in the future, in any law-enforcement agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In that connection, the Council affirmed that the certification process was carried out pursuant to IPTF’s mandate and fully endorsed that process, explaining that the comprehensive and rigorous vetting procedures had been designed to create a police force comprised entirely of personnel meeting internationally recognized standards of personal integrity and professional performance.

The meeting began at 11:08 a.m. and was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.

Presidential Statement

The full text of presidential statement (S/PRST/2004/22) reads as follows:

“The Security Council notes the report of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Secretary-General of the United Nations of 18 February 2004 (S/2004/126) which refers to the increasing number of challenges to the police certification process conducted by the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) International Police Task Force (IPTF).

“The Security Council recalls its relevant resolutions and its support for the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Annexes thereto (collectively the Peace Agreement, S/1995/999, annex).  The parties to the Peace Agreement had the responsibility to cooperate fully with, and to instruct their respective responsible officials and authorities to provide their full support to, the IPTF during its mandate on all relevant matters.  The Council affirms that such responsibility included giving full and immediate effect to the decisions issued by the IPTF, including decisions to deny certification.  The Council also affirms that Bosnia and Herzegovina has the obligation to respect fully and to promote the fulfilment of its responsibilities under the Peace Agreement.

“The Security Council reaffirms the legal basis in the Charter of the United Nations on which the IPTF was given its mandate.  The Council recalls that during its mandate the IPTF was entrusted with the tasks set out in Annex 11 of the Peace Agreement, including the tasks referred to in the Conclusions of the London, Bonn, Luxembourg, Madrid and Brussels Conferences and agreed by the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“The Security Council affirms that the certification process was carried out pursuant to the mandate of the IPTF and fully endorses this process.  The comprehensive and rigorous vetting procedure was designed to create a police force comprised entirely of personnel meeting internationally recognized standards of personal integrity and professional performance.

“The Security Council expresses concern at the failure of the competent authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to take due steps to implement decisions to deny certification.  The Council notes that this failure has already led to several challenges before the courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina brought by persons whose employment in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s law enforcement agencies was terminated pursuant to a denial of certification by the IPTF.

“The Security Council further notes that in some cases such persons have been re-instated following decisions of some local courts.  The Security Council calls upon the Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities to ensure, including through the adoption or amendment of domestic legislation, that all IPTF certification decisions are fully and effectively implemented and that the employment of persons who were denied certification by the IPTF be terminated, and that such persons will be precluded from employment, either now or in the future, in any position within any law enforcement agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

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