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BiH: Europe discusses the idea of ​​RS secession from BiH, Dodik says

The recently published ‘no-paper’ claiming to restore borders in the Western Balkans is being used to attack Republika Srpska (RS) because the idea of ​​secession is being discussed in Europe, said BiH Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik.

Dodik said this referring to an alleged “non-letter” after it was published in mid-April by the Slovenian news portal necenzurirano.si.

“No-letra” said that a possible solution for the Western Balkans is for Kosovo to join Albania and for Serbia to annex parts of Republika Srpska, while the predominantly populated parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in southern Croatia will become part of Croatia.

According to the Slovenian news portal, the country’s Prime Minister, Janez Janša, sent the document to Brussels. Janša, however, denies that he is the author.

Dodik, contrary to his BiH presidency counterparts Zeljko Komcic and Sefik Daferovic, said a “peaceful partition” of RS would be the best option, but stressed that this is not a goal worth pursuing. war.

Dodik, who is also a leader of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, the ruling party in RS, told ATV that the non-paper letter is not a binding document, however “everyone took the opportunity to comment on it”, as ” “No one can hide the fact that it is increasingly talked about among European structures.”

Dodik said he was “personally committed to Republika Srpska becoming an independent state” and that he would not hide it, but that he did not want “people to mobilize for that purpose and fight for it”.

“I have never called anyone to war, nor have I tried to do anything from that point of view, but I am convinced that BiH will disintegrate because no one wants to work in it anymore,” Dodik said, arguing that “BiH’s dysfunction is leading to that ”.

“There is no freedom here for the Serb people until Republika Srpska is independent,” he stressed.

But European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer, responding to questions at today’s press conference, said EU officials had not seen the document, which has been widely reported in the Balkan media in recent days.

“The EU’s position on this issue is clear. We are against any border change. I think we should completely forget about this issue. “Whatever document comes in, whether it is or not, our position on this issue is very clear,” Mamer said.

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