The president of the National Assembly of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, said after meeting with the Serb member of BiH’s tripartite Presidency, Milorad Dodik, that the country’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity has the “absolute support of Serbia on the basis of the Dayton Agreement.”
Dacic visited the administrative centre of the semi-autonomous RS entity on Monday amidst a major political crisis in Bosnia.
Dodik, who is also the leader of the ruling party in the RS, announced that the entity will withdraw its agreements that led to the establishment of a number of state-level institutions, including the army and judicial bodies.
“We believe that any major decision concerning the relationship and between and positions of the peoples and entities and the position of a central government at the BiH level, if it is being changed, this must be based on the consent of all three peoples and both entities,” Dacic said.
“We are all eager for peace and we want peace to be preserved, but also the constitutional positions and powers of the RS. Therefore, Serbia will guarantee everything comes not only from the Dayton Agreement, but everything that we have done together, starting with the agreement on special relations (between BiH’s entities and neighbouring countries),” Dacic said.
He argued that “nothing new” is happening in the Balkans, and that “these things have been happening for decades.”
“This is an attempt to cheat the Dayton Accords by taking more and more authority away from the RS, so the entities have almost no significance in the end,” he said, adding that Dodik informed him about new measures and announcements “that are going to take additional powers from the RS.”
He said that political parties in the Serbian Parliament have submitted an initiative to hear about the situation in BiH from Dodik and other RS political parties and that a meeting on it will be organized in Belgrade next month.
“Only an agreement can preserve the most important thing, and that is peace,” Dacic concluded.