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Bosnian Serb Leader Dismisses 'Bosnian' Language

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said the Serb-run entity will not accept the expression 'Bosnian language', after a Sarajevan sued him for denying its existence.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, said on August 16 that there is no consensus within Bosnia and Herzegovina on 'Bosnian language' and that Bosniaks, by insisting on calling it that way, aim to centralize the country divided into two entities and one district.

This came after media reported that a citizen of Sarajevo, who did not reveal his identity, sued Dodik over denying the 'Bosnian language' as that was his comment to the speech of the Bosnian Head Mufti Husein Kavazovic on Eid recently.

Dodik said that Kavazovic misinformed the public when he said that Bosniaks have the right to their own language and also added that if they are going to have their language that it should be called the Bosniak not the Bosnian.

“I respect all the holidays Bosniaks celebrate, but it is inappropriate that the Head Mufti speaks about 'Bosnian language' during those days because he knows that there is no rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina which regulates that,” Dodik said, “That's why I said my opinion about it.”

Referring to the news that a Sarajevan sued him over the language comments, Dodik reacted like he did not care to much saying that “the fake Court and Prosecutor” will not rule as the plaintiff expects.

He emphasized that Republika Srpska will not accept the Bosnian language because, as he said, it historically did not exist, adding that it was a product of the international community during the time Serbs were not included in certain processes at the time of fall of Yugoslavia.

“The official languages of Republika Srpska are: language of Serb people, language of Bosniak people and language of Croat people,” rules the Constitution of Republika Srpska without having attribute for the language, such as would be Bosnian or Bosniak, if it exited.

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