Dodik: Republika Srpska is a state

Further steps will be taken to strengthen the Republika Srpska (RS), Serb entity, Milorad Dodik, Serb member of BiH tripartite Presidency, announced. [Europe by Satellite]

Further steps will be taken to strengthen the Republika Srpska (RS), Serb entity, Milorad Dodik, Serb member of BiH tripartite Presidency, announced during the two-day official ceremony of the so-called ‘RS National Day’.

The ‘RS Day’ is celebrated on 9 January to commemorate the 1992 date when some members of the then Socialist Republic of BiH Parliament illegally declared the “Serb Republic of BiH”.

The BiH Constitutional Court had declared this holiday unconstitutional, saying it offends the sentiments of Croats and Bosniaks living in this entity.

“RS is our state, whoever disputes that”, Dodik said.

In an interview with Večernje Novosti, Beograd’s daily, Dodik confirmed his conviction that “RS will one day be an independent state and will have its own federal or confederate status with Serbia”.

“BiH is a failure and detrimental to all of us”, RS President Željka Cvijanović said, noting that Serbia was Republika Srpska’s ‘natural support’.

The guests at the celebration were Ana Brnabić, Serbian Prime Minister and Aleksandar Vulin, Serbian Minister of Interior. Russian ambassador Igor Kalbukhov also attended though international community representatives mostly ignored the ceremony.

French right-wing members of the European Parliament, Hervé Juvin and Thierry Mariani attended the celebration, ‘personally invited by President Milorad Dodik’, as Mariani tweeted.

Close to Dodik and Vulin sat convicted war criminal Vinko Pandurević, whom the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague sentenced to 13 years in prison for crimes against humanity, including the Srebrenica genocide.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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