"You don't bully Dodik - you get his friends in Belgrade"

"If you want Milorad Dodik to do something, you will not get it done by bullying him from Brussels," says a former high representative for Bosnia.

Source: B92, Tanjug
Paddy Ashdown (Getty Images, file)
Paddy Ashdown (Getty Images, file)

Instead, Paddy Ashdown recently told an inquiry organized by the British Parliament's Foreign Policy Committee, "you get it done by getting his friends in Belgrade."

"And you then say to Belgrade - as part of your accession process - we are not going to accept you to be a member of the European Union unless you pursue European Union policy in Bosnia-Herzegovina actively ensuring that this is not allowed to break up," he said.

Ashdown also remarked that the president of the Serb Republic (RS) "had a picture of him on his walls that he puts pins into," writes the Sarajevo-based website klix.ba.

Last Friday, "Days of the RS in Serbia 2017" opened at the National Theater in Belgrade, when Dodik said that the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia are one.

"The RS and Serbia are one, and only historical disasters have created the borders," the RS president said while declaring the event open.

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