Senior US official breaks Dodik’s meeting absence spree

“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]

Derek Chollet, the Counsellor of the US Department of State met with the Serb member of the BiH’s tripartite Presidency, Milorad Dodik, on Tuesday – a rare sight given that Dodik has mostly been avoiding meetings with the Presidency after summer.

“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.

“Republika Srpska (Serb entity) consistently respects the constitutional order, laws and obligations signed and stipulated by the Dayton Peace Agreement and is behaving that way. I said Republika Srpska has no single plan for secession, but this is something that is discussed in Republika Srpska. But, there is no single plan to carry out the secession policy,” he added.

Šefik Džaferović, Bosniak Presidency member, said that a letter from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was given to all three Presidency members at the meeting.

Chollet also met with Bakir Izetgegović, leader of the biggest Bosniak party and Dragon Čović, leader of the biggest Croatian one.

“To urge the leadership, trust-building, and Federation entity (Bosniak and Croatian one) functionality essential to BiH’s stability and EU path. More transparent and credible elections in 2022 need all parties’ support”, the US official said of his meetings on Twitter.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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