Dodik says ICTY ruling contributes to divisions

The President of the Bosnian Serb entity, Milorad Dodik, said on Thursday that the ruling against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was "unjust" and that it contributed to the divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said the verdict would not have an impact on the preservation of the Republika Srpska for which Bosniaks claim was founded on crimes.

Dodik told Radio Belgrade that dissatisfaction was always expressed when verdicts are handed down against representatives of Serb political and military leaders, saying that the efforts the ICTY "is allegedly investing to help reconciliation" could not be interpreted as such because rulings like this one "are contributing only to new divisions in Bosnia".

He said that everyone in the Republika Srpska who had been found guilty was guilty on individual responsibility.

"Those were their personal decisions and there can be absolutely no consequences for Republika Srpska," Dodik told Radio Belgrade.

He thanked Serbian PM Vucic for the support he expressed today by saying that the preservation of Republika Srpska could not depend on the Karadzic verdict.

Last update: Thu, 24/03/2016 - 22:43

More from Balkan

Bosnian businesses expand halal production, eye exports

 Bosnian banks, food producers and hoteliers are adopting halal standards to tap a fast-growing market thanks to the...

Greek court blocks extradition of a further two Turkish soldiers

The legal tug-of-war regarding the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers from Greece continues.

Bosnia FM for defusing arguments with Croatia

Croatia remains an important neighbour and unavoidable partner to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and all problems in...

Ambassador Del Vechio says Bosnia's stability is Croatia's key interest

Croatia strongly supports the stability and integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina and it will do everything in its...

Prodded by EU, Macedonia seeks to end deep crisis with snap poll

Macedonians vote Sunday in early parliamentary elections that the European Union brokered between feuding local...