Jeremić: Bosnia doesn't need foreign governors

BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić stated on Tuesday that Serbia is committed to the Dayton Accord, which ended the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.

Vuk Jeremić (Tanjug)
Vuk Jeremić (Tanjug)

However he added, according to reports, that it was necessary that democratically elected representatives were in power in Bosnia-Herzegovina, rather than governors appointed from abroad.

At the conference dedicated to Bosnia's Serb entity, the Republic of Srpska (RS) and Serbia in light of new regional and global relations, Jeremić underlined that Serbia supports everything in Bosnia that is agreed upon by its three sovereign nations and two entities.

"No country can be on the course to the EU, and be ruled by governors," he said.

Jeremić said he could not see how non-democratic countries which have governors can continue on the European path.

"Only protectorates are ruled by governors," Jeremić said at the conference.

One of the priorities of Serbia's state policy is protection of the Serb people, wherever they live, he said.

"RS is doing pretty well, for which tribute should be paid to its leadership headed by Milorad Dodik," Jeremić said.

"RS will always have Serbia's support on the basis of the agreement on special relations," he was further quoted as saying.

RS Minister for Economic Relations Željka Cvijanović said at the gathering that Serbia has a duty to ensure the Dayton Accord implementation and pointed out that attempts were made in Bosnia-Herzegovina to abuse the process of European integration in order to achieve centralization of the country.

She added that the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina is diminishing its state capacities and that he often violated human rights and imposed laws for which he was not entitled.

Jeremić and Cvijanović signed in Belgrade a memorandum on understanding and cooperation between Serbia and the RS.