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Serbian nationalist threatens. Says 'end of Bosnia' could be signed at UN on Thursday

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Milorad Dodik – an extreme nationalist who rules Republika Srpska, which is part of Bosnia and Herzegovina – stated that if the UN votes today on a resolution commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, it will mean “the end of Bosnia and Herzegovina”. Dodik has already arrived in Srebrenica and has scheduled an away meeting of his cabinet there for Thursday.

In July 1995, Bosnian Serbs led by Gen. Ratek Mladic convicted in The Hague for genocide murdered over eight thousand Muslim inhabitants of Bosnia who had taken refuge in and around Srebrenica. Serbs entered the enclave with the status of a security zone UN, and in addition to systematic murder, they raped women and children. After the end of the Bosnian War, however, it was divided into two main “ethnic” parts, and Srebrenica ended up on the Serb side. According to mainly Muslim (Bosnian) victims of the war, they were on the side of the torturers.

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To this day, the Boszcznians living in Srebrenica, guarding the memory of their loved ones and still searching for many of them (about a thousand victims of the Serbian genocide have never been found), cannot find peace.

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Milorad Dodik himself has not been helping in this for years – a Bosnian Serb, politician who, thanks to close contacts with Belgrade and Moscow, enjoys great public support in Republika Srpska, part of BiH.

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On Wednesday, Dodik has been repeating for years that Bosnia and Herzegovina should be divided, ending its existence, appeared in Srebrenica. He decided to organize an away meeting of his government there on Thursday.

Bosnian (Muslim) cemetery in SrebrenicaFEHIM DEMIR/PAP/EPA

He chose the moment when tension in the country reaches its peak, because on Thursday the UN is to start a debate on the adoption of a resolution recognizing July 11 as the day of remembrance of the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

– During the (government – ed.) meeting, a peaceful solution to Bosnia and Herzegovina will be proposed, said the president of Republika Srpska, adding that “regardless of whether it will happen soon or not, we choose a peaceful separation.”

Dodik additionally said that by passing the UN resolution on Srebrenica “the end of the existence of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be signed.”

Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Illustrative photoShutterstock

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Streets full of policemen

Emir Suljagić, director of the Srebrenica-Potochari Memorial Center, said that tensions in and around Srebrenica increased after President Dodik announced that a meeting of the Republika Srpska government would be held in the city.

Suljagić emphasized that currently the city streets are full of policemen and special forces officers.

The Srebrenica massacrePAP

UN resolution

The UN resolution is intended, among other things, to establish July 11 as the International Genocide Remembrance Day, and condemns the denial of the Srebrenica genocide as a historical event and the glorification of its perpetrators. The authorities actively oppose the document Serbia and Serb politicians from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dodik announced earlier that “the authorities of Republika Srpska are already showing determination in implementing actions aimed at achieving independence” of the Serb-majority part of BiH. The politician also denied – violating Bosnian law – that genocide had occurred near Srebrenica.

President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic said that the purpose of the resolution was to “abolish the Republika Srpska and demand war reparations from Belgrade.”

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