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Serbia not Asking for Anything Beyond Dayton

Serbian parliamentary speaker says that Serbia "never asked for anything beyond the Dayton Agreement nor will ever do so".

Tanjug, B92, Glas Srpske

Nebojsa Stefanovic, Serbian parliamentary speaker, told daily newspaper Glas Srpske on Monday that Serbia was ready to protect the interests of Republika Srpska in keeping with the Dayton peace accord, which ended the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.

Key principles of the Dayton Agreement:

The Dayton Peace Agreement, DPA, comprises 11 annexes covering the military, political and civilian aspects of the peace settlement, as well as those of regional stabilisation.

The Agreement created Bosnia as a sovereign state composed of two largely autonomous entities -- a Muslim-Croat federation, called the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina, and a slightly smaller Bosnian Serb-run entity, called Republika Srpska.

The DPA obliged Bosnia, Croatia and then Yugoslavia to fully respect each other's sovereign equality and to settle disputes by peaceful means. By signing the Accords, the parties undertook the commitment to respect human rights and the rights of refugees and displaced persons. They further agreed to co-operate fully with all relevant entities and organisations in implementing the peace settlement and investigating and prosecuting war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law.

Stefanovic noted that mutual trust and good cooperation are recommendation for more frequent and open contacts with everyone, including high officials of the international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"We have never had any obstacles for this or any other kind of cooperation with representatives of the international community in Bosnia," he pointed out.

Stefanovic pointed out that Serbia will endeavor to have best possible relations with all regional countries.

"I believe there is a room to enhance economic cooperation between our two countries, as well as with the countries Serbia adjoins. The current exchange with Republika Srpska is heading in the right direction, and I believe there is significant room for improvement of exchange in the field of agriculture, energy and all other strategically important areas," the Serbian parliament speaker said.

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