Bosnia administrator warns Serb leader over inflammatory remarks

Int'l community administrator in Bosnia, Slovak diplomat Miroslav Lajcak, Wednesday warned Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Milorad Dodik to stop with inflammatory statements, or face possible sanctions.

Bosnia administrator warns Serb leader over inflammatory remarks
International community administrator in Bosnia, Slovak diplomat Miroslav Lajcak, Wednesday warned Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Milorad Dodik to stop with inflammatory statements, or face possible sanctions.

Lajcak said he was concerned over a series of inflammatory statements made by the prime minister of the Srpska Republic and chairman of the Party of Independent Social-Democrats (SNSD) Milorad Dodik over the last few days.

"His statements questioning the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina are detrimental to the country's ongoing efforts to continue reforms and integrate into Euro-Atlantic institutions," Lajcak said in a written statement in Sarajevo.

Earlier this week Dodik stated that he considered the Bosnian Serb entity, the Srpska Republic, as a "permanent category," while Bosnia- Herzegovina was just a category of current interest for him, meaning something that would not live too long.

Lajcak reminded Dodik that the international community would not remain passive in the face of provocative statements and acts.

"Prime Minister Dodik signed a solemn declaration in advance of the October 2006 elections that commits himself and his party to fully comply with the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina and to accept sanctions if he fails to abide by its terms," Lajcak's statement said.

Lajcak stressed that Bosnia-Herzegovina is an internationally recognized state and the Srpska Republic is one of two entities of that state.

Political representatives in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in their statements and acts, are obliged to uphold the constitutional order of the country.

Lajcak also warned Dodik that he should consider carefully whether he wishes to challenge the international community by statements that question the constitutional order of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the country's 1992-1995 war and served since then as the country's constitution.

DPA
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