Statements like the recent one by Bakir Izetbegovic, the leader of the main Bosniak ethnic party in Bosnia, are not good for anybody and it speaks more about him than about Serbs, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday.
Speaking about what he thinks is behind Dodik’s policy and whether the Bosnian Serb political leader is serious when he keeps announcing the secession of the Bosnia’s Serb-majority Republika Srpska (RS) entity, Izetbegovic said that he believes Dodik wants to be remembered as a politician who kept the idea of secession open for some possible future times when such a thing would be possible.
“He knows he can’t do it. And when they say ‘there are no bad people, there are only bad leaders’ – I’m not so sure about that. He is appealing to a large number of people who support a raw Balkan policy,” Izetbegovic stated.
When asked whether he was talking about the Serb people as a whole, he said that he was talking about “voters who are supporting him because they want his rude behaviour.”
The statement was widely condemned, mostly by party officials from the Republika Srpska entity who said it represented an expression of hate against Serbs. According to his critics, Izetbegovic said that Serbs are bad.
“Unfortunately, that statement speaks more about him than about the Serb people. Serbs are people are great and good people and Bosniaks are great and good people,” Vucic told TV Pink in Serbia.