Serbian PM disappointed with Dodik's referendum statements

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday he regretted that Bosnian Serb political leaders had already adopted decisions on a referendum in the Republika Srpska entity and made them public, contrary to agreements, and that a meeting due in Belgrade today "might be skipped" because of that.

"I don't breach the agreements we reach. I don't go public... I can't stand easy and popular solutions about which the people is enthusiastic," Vucic said in Belgrade ahead of a meeting between Serbia's leaders and leading Bosnian Serb politicians about the contentious referendum.

Vucic said he regretted that he had not had a chance to say his opinion on the referendum, but that he did not wish to exert pressure and that "everyone makes decisions within their solutions."

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said yesterday the referendum would be held and that no ban could prevent that.  He said the three constituent peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina might start from zero. "We are not doing anything that might jeopardise peace. The invitation to the referendum is not an anti-Dayton and anti-constitutional activity. There's no talk of secession," he told N1 TV.

The referendum on Republika Srpska Day, scheduled for September 25, has become a hot topic in the region after the Peace Implementation Council for Bosnia called on the Serb entity to scrap it.

Vucic and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic invited the highest Bosnian officials and government and opposition representatives to consultations in Belgrade today. In the afternoon, Vucic is also scheduled to meet with the Bosnian Presidency's Croat member, Dragan Covic.

Last update: Thu, 01/09/2016 - 13:46

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