The uproar over the recently published alleged ‘non-paper’ on redrawing borders in the Western Balkans is being used to attack Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity because the idea of it seceding from the country is being discussed in Europe, said the Chairman of BiH’s tripartite Presidency, Milorad Dodik.
Dodik was referring to a document that caused an uproar in Bosnia after it was published mid-April by the Slovenian news portal necenzurirano.si.
The ‘non-paper’ proposes Kosovo joining Albania and Serbia annexing parts of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska (RS) entity, while the mostly Croat-populated parts of southern Bosnia and Herzegovina would become part of Croatia.
According to the Slovenian news portal, the country’s PM, Janez Jansa, sent the document to Brussels. Jansa, however, denies this.
Many international officials condemned the document and Dodik’s colleagues in the Presidency, Zeljko Komsic and Sefik Dzaferovic, argued that implementing the ideas it contains would ultimately lead to war.
Dodik, on the other hand, said that a “peaceful separation” of the semi-autonomous RS entity would be the best option, but stressed that this is not a goal worth waging a war over.
The leader of the ruling party in the RS told ATV that the non-paper is not a binding document, yet “everyone jumped on the opportunity to comment on it,” as “nobody can hide the fact that there is more and more talk of it among European structures.”
Dodik said that he is “personally committed to Republika Srpska becoming an independent state” and that he will not hide that, but that he does not want “people to be mobilised for that goal and fighting a war 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 fall apart because no one wants to work in it anymore,” Dodik said, arguing that “BiH's dysfunctionality is leading to that.”
“There is no freedom here for the Serb people until Republika Srpska is independent,” he stressed.