Vucic says doesn't want to interfere in Serb entity referendum

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in Banja Luka on Friday that he would not interfere in decisions by Bosnian Serb authorities regarding a referendum that would challenge the enforcement of rulings of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina because he considered this to be an internal affair of the Serb entity and the country it was part of.

Commenting on speculation that he could, if asked by representatives of the international community, become involved in disputes regarding the organisation of the referendum set for September 25 and intercede with Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik so as to help cancel the vote, Vucic told reporters that that was not within his powers.

"That is an internal matter of Republika Srpska (RS) and Bosnia and Herzegovina," he said.

He added, however, that he would tell "his friends" in Banja Luka what he thought of the matter, stressing that it was of the utmost importance for him to preserve good relations between the Bosnian Serb entity and Serbia.

RS Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic said that the planned referendum would be held regardless of all pressures.

The referendum, in which the entity's citizens are to vote on whether rulings by the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be enforced, has already been assessed as a drastic breach of the Dayton peace agreement, which put an end to the war in the country in 1995.

The international community's supervisor for Brcko District, Bruce Berton, earlier in the day decided to ban the referendum in the territory of that town which has the status of an autonomous administrative unit in the country.

Last update: Fri, 19/08/2016 - 22:07
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