Monday, August 27, 2007

AKI: Bosnian Serb leader threatens dissolution of country

Sarajevo, 27 August (AKI) – Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has warned that Bosnia-Herzegovina could be dissolved if Muslim leaders do not stop attacking Serb entity Republika Srpska (RS) and demanding its abolition.

“RS must be respected and we will respect others as much as they respect us,” Dodik said on Monday.

The controversial RS prime minister said he wasn’t afraid of threats by the high representative of the international community in Bosnia, Miroslav Lajcak, to sanction him for his statements which allegedly undermine the country’s constitutional system and the Dayton peace accord.

"Bosnia-Herzegovina is a Dayton construction, based on an agreement which I respect, but whether it will last, or how long, doesn’t depend on me but on many others,” he said. “I don’t want to go to Sarajevo in a manner which would be humiliating for RS.

"If someone wants to talk to us, it must be based on partnership relations,” he added.

Under the Dayton peace accord, Bosnia was divided into two entities, RS and a Muslim Croat federation, but the international community which safeguards peace in Bosnia has stripped entities of most state powers for the sake of strengthening the central government.....Excerpt Read the Rest at AKI

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