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Bosnia’s Dodik Urges Serbs to Unite

The president of the country's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, said that Bosnia was unworkable as a state and that Serbs should unite.

Elvira M. Jukic

Dodik said on Wednesday in Belgrade that it was time for Serb political elites to get together.

“Serbs as a people have two states, Serbia and Republika Srpska,” he said.

He repeated his controversial opinion that he does not believe in the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina because he does not see a possibility for it to survive.

“Republika Srpska has all the criteria of a state: the government, the territory and the people,” he said.

But he accused Belgrade of paying more attention to Sarajevo than to the Serb-led authorities in Banja Luka.

“In Belgrade, they race to prove how Sarajevo is the cultural centre, while culture is being used to prove that Serbia carried out aggression,” Dodik said.

He was speaking at a round table about relations between Serbia and Republika Srpska that was organised to mark the 21st anniversary of the Bosnian Serb entity.

The Bosnian Serb leader also said that Republika Srpska was closely watching what was happening with Kosovo’s independence process.

“If Serbia ever recognises Kosovo, it is unlikely that Republika Srpska will do too,” Dodik said.

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