Dodik: Talks on Dayton-2 and Questioning Republika Srpska Status Would be the End for BiH

Any discussion on Dayton-2 and questioning the status of the Bosnia’s Serb Entity Republika Srpska (RS) would mean the death penalty of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serb Presidency member and Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said on January 17th, 2020 in Belgrade, after talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

“Many allow themselves to speak of the Dayton Peace Agreement. For us, Serbia is the guarantee of the Dayton Accords, but the international community has removed Serbia from its important ad-hoc body responsible for implementing the Dayton Accords, which is also not part of that Agreement – the Peace Implementation Council”, Dodik said.

Together with the Council, the High Representative, who is the  international community’s official in charge of overseeing the civilian implementation of the Dayton Accords which ended the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia, virtually destroyed the Dayton Peace Agreement, Dodik noted, adding, that RS and Serbia will protect what was left of it.

“All requests to discuss the Dayton Accords will result in RS leaving Bosnia and its constitutional framework. Those who think they can apply their political concepts, as Bosniak Muslims do by imposing the idea of ​​Dayton-2, should know that any such talk will mean the death penalty for BiH and leave us with no reason for staying in Bosnia”, underlined Dodik.

“We are in Bosnia because we respect the remnants of the Dayton Peace Agreement and because we believe that this agreement is still valid. It must be made clear to everyone that the RS has sufficient capacity and that no adjustments to the Dayton Agreement are possible without the RS. I have no intention of discussing anything other than a return to the original Dayton Accords that could somehow save Bosnia. Anything else would mean that RS would not be part of Bosnia”, he stressed.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said they indeed discussed the Dayton Accords as a historically important agreement and the only possible solution.

“This is the only possible solution where all parties are winners and losers at the same time. I said that as far as Serbia is concerned, we will accept the agreement of all three peoples. Nobody else and no two peoples (Croats and Bosniaks) can impose solutions to anyone people”, Vucic said.

“We want the RS to be within Bosnia and Herzegovina, we want full compliance with the Dayton Peace Agreement and any violation or amendment of the Dayton Accords must have the approval of the Serb people and the RS. There will be no change to the Dayton Agreement without the approval of the Serbs”, Vucic noted, adding: “I know that it is best for us to keep the RS within Bosnia, because that is how we guarantee peace and stability.”

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