U.S. analyst tells Dodik "RS will never be independent"
U.S. Balkans analyst Daniel Serwer says "no one will recognize the Serb Republic (Republika Srpska, RS) as an independent country," a Belgrade daily writes.Source: Vecernje novosti
The RS is the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and according to Serwer, as quoted by Vecernje Novosti, it must never reach for a referendum on secession, "and will never become an independent state."
Serwer said that the RS could never get the support of the rest of Bosnia-Herzegovina for that, while "any attempt at secession would lead to a new conflict, like in the 1990s."
This professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies is a known strong critic of the RS authorities and the entity's president, Milorad Dodik.
His statement came in reaction to Dodik's address during a rally in Banja Luka on Saturday, when he mentioned Serwer by name.
"Our state is the Serb Republic, we are not interested in worldwide charlatans, Daniel Serwer being among them. Nobody except its people will decide on whether the RS will be independent," said Dodik.
In his reaction, Serwer said:
"Of course I will not be deciding whether the RS will become independent. That has has already been decided and the decision will not be annulled. Dodik uses the idea of an independent RS to make his political career. Even if he declared it, nobody would recognize that independence. Certainly not Serbia, because that would put it in a difficult position. It would damage its ties with Brussels and Washington."
Speaking about "the European path of Bosnia-Herzegovina," Serwer described as "the biggest problem" the lack of a central government in Sarajevo that would implement the conditions and demands coming from Brussels.