Petritsch's letter makes several claims which, to say the least, are questionable from the point of view of the Constitution. Petritsch writes "in order to clarify several legal issues which are currently on the agenda of the Committee; first it is absolutely clear that the OSCE has the mandate to organize and conduct the elections that will be held later this year in BH," writes Petritsch although since 1996 the OSCE is both according to the Dayton and the Constitution not in charge of organizing elections in BH. Petritsch states that "the OSCE mandate is drawn directly from Annex 3 of the General Peace Agreement and is renewed every year by the decision of the Peace Implementation Council"; however the difference between "peace implementation" and extra-institutional re-tailoring of the BH Constitution and the Dayton Agreement is enormous.
The following Petritsch's claim is inaccurate: "Secondly, OSCE election rules are fully in agreement with the BH Constitution." Briefly stated, electoral rules violate the Constitution in several aspects: multi-member electoral districts, open lists, the number of representatives in cantonal parliaments; the term of office of representatives in parliaments at all levels of state organization, non-refundable deposits for the participation in elections etc. About all of that Oslobodjenje wrote in more detail on July 4, and none of the international officials and spokespeople has so far come out with any counter-arguments.
Third and fourth paragraphs of Petritsch's letter more resemble the manner from some past times than instructions that were supposed to contribute to the development of the democratic atmosphere in BH. Two Petritsch's sentences are especially interesting: "therefore, entity parliaments must fully comply with the rules of the Temporary Electoral Commission"; "Every attempt to undermine the authority of the OSCE will be treated by the Temporary Electoral Commission as an attempt to obstruct the Dayton Agreement". Note the exemplary autocratic literacy of the international community which does not recognize the right of parliaments, political parties, and perhaps even the public to their own opinion about aspects of the violation of the Dayton Agreement and BH Constitution by the OSCE. Let alone about the constitutional obligation of the parliaments to protect the Constitution.
The last sentence from the Petritsch's letter is, having in mind everything that was said before it, a civilized insult of the dignity of the Constitutional Committee members. The High Representative says: "I hope that this information will assist you in finding an answer for the questions on your agenda."
Judging by the ultimatums set in the letter, the answers had already been found. But outside the Constitutional Committee and the Parliament of FBH.