Dodik: EU Commission will not sanction Republika Srpska

“We expect the international community to implement the Dayton Peace Agreement and the Constitution of BiH,” Dodik said at a press conference after he met with Chollet. [EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR]

There will not be a new war in BiH but in case of sanctions, the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska (RS) entity will declare its independence, said Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of the country’s tripartite Presidency.

Dodik’s comments came after a meeting with several EU ambassadors in Istočno Sarajevo. He added that he is confident the European Commission will not impose sanctions on the RS or any RS citizen.

I cannot guarantee whether Germany or some other country will do that [impose sanctions],” Dodik also said, N1 reported.

“If that is necessary, we will defend ourselves with our own forces. If it happens that they say NATO will intervene, we will ask our friends – who told us clearly and loudly they never abandon their friends – to help us,” Dodik told public broadcaster RTRS, without specifying who the ‘friends’ are.

The Ambassadors of the Peace Implementation Council (PIC), the international body overseeing the implementation of BiH’s 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, stressed the importance of the functioning of state institutions and called on all leaders to reject destabilising and divisive rhetoric “calling into question the existence of BiH as a single, sovereign state comprising two entities.”

According to the Russian Embassy, the statement of the PIC ambassadors should be “ignored” as it does not represent the position of the entire international community.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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