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Bosnia Presidency Members Scrap Over Threats

The Serb member of Bosnia's Presidency, Nebojsa Radmanovic, urged his Croat colleague, Zeljko Komsic, to drop his warlike language about Republika Srpska's drive for autonomy.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

Nebojsa Radmanovic, Serbian member of Bosnia's tripartite Presidency, described recent statements of the Croat Presidency member - warning of the danger of renewed war - as inflammatory and threatening.

Zeljko Komsic last week said it would be naive to imagine that war could be avoided if Bosnia's majority Serb entity, Republika Srpska, separated from Bosnia and Herzegovina, saying anyone who cared about the country would take up weapons to prevent that.

“The dissolution of the country surely would lead to war,” Komsic told the Oslobodjenje daily newspaper. “That's why it's a stupid policy. We can talk about anything, but about whether Bosnia stays whole, no way we can.”

Radmanovic said Komsic's statement was only one of many threats made recently, from both internal and external factors.

“Unfortunately, the worst in past days was issued by the Chairman of the Presidency, Zeljko Komsic,” Radmanovic said.

“How else to refer to a call by the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, that people should armed themselves and take rifles into hands?”

Radmanovic wondered what Komsic meant exactly, going on to describe such threats, both internal and foreign, as counter-productive.

Responding to a question about whether the Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik's owns statements about Bosnia's dissolution were not also counter-productive, Radmanovic said he had never heard Dodik advocate that course of action specifically.

“I did read many times that he spoke about the aspirations of Serbs from Republika Srpska to live autonomously, and that that should be checked in a referendum,” Radmanovic said. “It's a huge difference,” he added.

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