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In response to a joint statement by pro-Bosnian parties claiming sovereignty over state property in Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik and his political allies said that they will not participate in any discussion on property in the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to the Dayton Agreement, state property belongs separately to the entities comprising Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At a meeting in Banja Luka of Serbian political parties on the issue of state property, Dodik announced that a joint statement will be signed on Monday. “We are under attack. The ultimatum that came from Sarajevo is very serious,” Dodik told reporters. “Today we agreed to form a special service within the Ministry of Internal Affairs to deal with the entity border and border surveillance.”
"According to the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is composed of two entities, and statehood rests with the entities. What is not exclusively given to BiH belongs to the entities. We will stick to it and negotiate our actions in the coming period," President Dodik added.
The joint statement to be signed on Monday will oblige all representatives of Republika Srpska working in the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina to suspend decision-making until the Government of Republika Srpska gives its consent.
The statement is also supported by opposition parties in Republika Srpska. “SDS and I are personally in opposition to the government on many issues, but we will never be in opposition to Republika Srpska,” Milan Miličević, the leader of the main opposition party, SDS, declared.
“We agreed that if all this does not bear fruit, at a certain moment when we evaluate it, we will offer the Federation an agreement on disassociation,” Dodik said.
The President of Republika Srpska added that a special session of the parliament will be held at the end of next week to discuss the withdrawal of Serbian judges from the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.