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Bosnia falling appart: Serb leader

2011-01-09 22:32

Sarajevo - Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said on Sunday Bosnia-Hercegovina was "falling apart", and warned that Serbs would not accept further decentralisation needed for it to progress towards EU membership.

"Bosnia is a divided society," Dodik, president of the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska, said in an interview on state television to mark the 19th anniversary of Bosnian Serb-proclaimed autonomy.

Dodik said post-war Bosnia, which consists of two semi-autonomous entities, the Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation, "is in the phase of falling apart... as it has not found an internal consensus on how it should look."

"For us (the Serbs), Bosnia is a place of punishment," Dodik said.

Bosnian Serbs formed their own institutions in January 1992, to counter Muslim and Croats aiming to proclaim independence from the former Yugoslavia.

The Dayton Accord in 1995 ended three years of war and divided the Balkan country into two entities linked by weak central institutions.

The international community, notably the European Union, wants these central institutions to be strengthened to facilitate reforms necessary for it to be eligible for EU and Nato membership.

"Europe must realise what it possible here and what is not possible," Dodik said.

"If you want to take away our authority and make a unified, centralised country, then, thank you European Union... we wouldn't be the only country in the world which isn't a member," Dodik said.

The Muslim-Croat entity is yet to form a government since October 3 elections, and analysts warn the process of establishing a central government could take months and exacerbate tensions.

The 1992-95 war pitted Muslims, Serbs and Croats against each other claiming about 100 000 lives.

Comments
  • Exoteric - 2011-01-10 07:38

    The only thing falling apart is the quality of the journalism on this website, spelling is atrocious 'APPART" what is this a new dictionary for Africa?

  • Johnny - 2011-01-10 09:35

    Too true . . .

  • maloya - 2011-01-10 10:28

    Does news24 not have an editor ?

  • Jase - 2011-01-10 11:07

    You better watch what you say Dodik, you will be surprised how many Bosnians will be prepared compared to what happened in 1992-1995. You will also be surprised at how many Muslims all over the world will be prepared to die in the name of stopping your genocide-established "entity" from breaking Bosnia and Herzegovina... You are nothing more than a Milosevic wannabe - fool us once, shame on us, fool us twice... ain't going to happen.

      Bruno - 2011-01-14 09:34

      From the looks of it Jase i see your a sad brainwashed fool your commenting on committing murder on a mass scale. "You will also be surprised at how many Muslims all over the world will be prepared to die in the name of stopping your genocide-established "entity" from breaking Bosnia and Herzegovina" Second Bosnians in bosnia have never been Islamic, the only reason america and her fascist allies are there is because of interest they have occupied bosnia they really dont much care about you or bosnian Muslims. The war in bosnia was started by the bilderberg group every since the 60s they secret meetings deciding our mankind and including the outcomes of a war. "Muslims all over the world will be prepared to die in the name of stopping your genocide-established "entity" from breaking Bosnia and Herzegovina" The Muslims started the genocide and yet acted like the true sole victims of the war. You do know Jase Bosnia Herzegovina has no future right? it has the biggest unemployment rate in all of eupore. But since you like an Islamic state of bosnia i guess your either raping women or doing drugs, in bosnia no one has a job, only your little terrorists freinds do. people in north amercia atleast some are now saying we supported the wrong side and we did.

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