Dodik: Bosnia is where I live, RS and Serbia are my state

RS President Milorad Dodik has said that Bosnia-Herzegovina is "a state union," while state competencies on all levels are held by its entities.

Source: RTS
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These entities are the Serb Republic (RS) and the Croat-Muslim Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina (FBiH).

"Bosnia-Herzegovina is a compulsion, it's neither a desire nor a love. It's about the essence here - Bosnia-Herzegovina is a complex state union and all I'm asking is what's written in the constitution," Dodik told Serbia's state broadcaster RTS.

He added that Bosnia "cannot exists, looking at it historically," and described it as "a strategic mistake from 1995."

"My state is the Serb Republic and Serbia, while Bosnia-Herzegovina is where I must live," Dodik stressed.

According to him, Bosnia's State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) has been set up to serve as "coordinator" and "cannot carry out searches in the territory of the RS unless there is agreement to do it."

Dodik pointed out that his entity stopped cooperating with SIPA, and the Prosecution and Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina after a police station in Novi Grad was raided.

"The road to hell is always paved with good intentions. There's no constitutional basis. How can I abolish it when it's been imposed by the high representative. A majority is needed to abolish it, and Muslims (Bosniaks) are the ones who won't do it," he has been quoted as saying by RTS.

Asked why he was "not communicating" with Serb member of the Bosnian Presidency Mladen Ivanic, Dodik said he "did communicate with him - but it was needless."

"Ivanic is a conformist who's doing what he's doing, and presenting it the way he wants to. I said it was pointless to talk to a man who can do nothing for the RS," Dodik stressed.

The RS leader mentioned a draft British resolution on Srebrenica, that was vetoed by Russia at the UN Security Council, saying that Bosnia-Herzegovina should have adopted a joint position on this issue.

Asked "why he finds Bosnian, but not Bosniak language contentious," Dodik said Bosnian language did not exists, adding, "this was written in Dayton at one point but does not have to be accepted."

"In the RS we respect the provisions of the Dayton (peace) agreement, but we should also have a say when it comes to the language that should be Bosnian. If we accept that Bosnian language identifies all of us there, then we have accepted that Serbian and Croatian do not exist," he pointed out.

According to Dodik, "foreigners are not needed in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and not everything needs to function the way it is now."

"Bosnia-Herzegovina is an impossible country. The concept on which Bosnia-Herzegovina was created as a consequence of Yugoslavia is impossible," Dodik stated.

Speaking about a planned referendum in the RS on the Bosnian Court and Prosecution, he said he thought it would be "interesting" if it were held in the spring, "perhaps in late April."

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