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The President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, put out a statement on his official website calling out the West for its hypocritical treatment of Serbs and Serbia.
Little has changed with regard to the West’s attitude toward Serbs, Dodik argued. “If someone fell asleep 30 years ago and woke up now, they would think they had only slept for one day. Washington, Brussels, and Berlin continue to conduct covert anti-Serb operations. Serbs are still bad guys, criminals, ultra-nationalists, and aliens. They do not tire of qualifying, disqualifying, and sanctioning us. Republika Srpska is the problem of all problems for them.”
Dodik decried the fact that the West ignored the instrumental role that Republika Srpska played in bringing peace to the region after the 1992-1995 war. “All the time, Western power centers are attacking the status and rights of Republika Srpska,” the President pointed out. “They exert unbearable pressure, they bluff, they lie, all with the aim of making Republika Srpska disappear, an entity that they themselves recognized and accepted as guarantors in the Dayton Agreement. Today they act even worse and remain furious at the fact that we are still here.”
Dodik said that while Western powers quickly recognized the independence of Kosovo, they do not allow Serbs in Republika Srpska to determine their own fate. “So it was completely ‘normal’ for Kosovo to declare unconstitutionally and with one decision that it is independent from Serbia, and for the western ‘democratic world’ to recognize this as a fact,” Dodik pointed out, “but the Republika Srpska, which was independent de facto and de jure from 1992 to 1995 state, had to and must remain in Bosnia and Herzegovina?”
“So Belgrade is guilty of protecting its territorial integrity, which all normal countries in the world normally do, and it is guilty of not ‘disciplining’ the Serbs in Republika Srpska, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Metohija,” Dodik added. “Every country helps its people no matter where they live, only Serbia is compelled to punish its people who live right next to its borders. Belgrade is to blame no matter how things turn out because someone has determined that it is the culprit.”
The President of Republika Srpska asked, “didn’t East and West Germany eventually unite and become one country?” He then called on Serbs to take action like the Germans did after the fall of the Berlin Wall and to unite their country. “We, the Serbs, should not wait for various brokers to give us another face-off, but rather seek a new solution to the Serbian national question in the Balkans,” Dodik wrote, “following the example of how the German people solved the problem before.”
On Sunday, Dodik also spoke at a ceremony to commemorate the Day of Republika Srpska Army and the Day of the Third Infantry Regiment in the capital city of Banja Luka.
He said that it was a mistake to abolish the Army of Republika Srpska in 2003, stressing that this, as well as the formation of Bosnia’s Armed Forces, happened under international pressure. But he reaffirmed the decision of Republika Srpska to remain neutral and rejected efforts by the other entities comprising Bosnia Herzegovina to join the NATO alliance, stating “We won’t let anyone play around with the decisions of the Republika Srpska National Assembly.”
Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin was also in attendance at the event. He indicated his support for Dodik, declaring that while “Republika Srpska doesn’t have its own army, the Serb people do.”
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