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Dodik Blasts Bosnia Ahead of Anniversary

The Republika Srpska President, Milorad Dodik, says Bosnia's continued existence does not serve the interests of the Serbs of Bosnia, and it only survives because the international community props it up.

Elvira M. Jukic

Ahead of the 21st anniversary of the foundation of Republika Srpska, the Serb-dominated entity in Bosnia, and on the day of its patron saint, St Stephen, the President of the entity, Milorad Dodik, has said that Bosnia's continued existence does not serve the interest of its Serbian community.

In an interview with the Serbian news agency, Tanjug, he said that the international community was increasingly tired of propping up something that many people do not want, referring to the existence of Bosnia.

“After the fall of Yugoslavia it [the creation of an independent Bosnia] was not in the political or historical interest of the Serbs,” Dodik said, blaming “a strong international factor which kept up the irrational idea of [Bosnia as] a small Yugoslavia”.

Dodik said the only reason Bosnia still existed was the international community, which continued to foster the irrational idea of having a "Yugoslavia in Bosnia" because they could not keep the original country going.

“We should live in the same places and no one should eliminate the other... but they [Bosniaks] have to have theirs and we [Serbs] have ours and only that is the way we can live normally, one beside the others,” Dodik continued.

He also said that the Bosniaks of Bosnia were making a mistake by trying to dominate the country and should instead offer the Serbs and Croats more of a consensus.

Republika Srpska marks its 21st anniversary on January 9. It was founded after local Serbian leaders formed an assembly and proclaimed the Republic of the Serbian People of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992. This was later renamed Republika Srpska.

The entity's existence was confirmed by the internationally brokered Dayton Ohio accords of 1995, which ended the 1992-5 war in the country.

Republika Srpska's first president was Radovan Karadzic, who was later indicted for war crimes committed during the war.

He is currently on trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY.

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