Effects of ‘non-paper’: Dodik wants peaceful split, Izetbegović thinks war possible

In an interview for Sarajevo’s commercial television Kanal O, Bakir Izetbegović, president of the biggest Bosniak party SDA, said he “would rather die today than allow those who committed genocide to rule part of BiH.” [EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR]

The Chairman of BiH’s Presidency and leader of the ruling party (SNSD) in the country’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity, Milorad Dodik, said the entity parliament will be forming a team that would negotiate with representatives of the country’s other semi-autonomous entity, the Bosniak-Croat Federation (FBiH), about how BiH should be structured in order to make it more functional.

“This is our response to these statements from the FBiH, which constantly calls for war,” he said, N1 reported. Dodik’s statements came after top officials in FBiH, most notably his two colleagues in the presidency, Bosniak Šefik Džaferović and the representative of BiH’s Croats, Željko Komšić (whom most Croats do not recognise, saying he was elected with votes of Bosniaks), strongly condemned an alleged non-paper on redrawing borders in the Western Balkans. 

In an interview for Sarajevo’s commercial television Kanal O, Bakir Izetbegović, president of the biggest Bosniak party SDA, said he “would rather die today than allow those who committed genocide to rule part of BiH.”

In the same interview, he also recalled that his father Alija, the first president of BiH, believed in the possibility of maintaining peace until 1992, and he told the citizens to sleep peacefully because “there would be no war”. 

Izetbegović said he did not want to repeat his father’s mistake, but stressed that he was “ready to stand before his people” if there was a war over attempts to split BiH. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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