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Tadic: Bosnian Serb leader contributing to country's stability

October 14, 2020

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's meeting with Bosnian Serb and Croat leaders Milorad Dodik and Dragan Covic from last week can only be seen as a meeting of party leaders, and not state officials, former Serbian President Boris Tadic and leader of Serbia's Social Democratic party told N1 on Wednesday.

“The circumstances in Bosnia are so complex that any visit where one of three constituent peoples or their leaders is left out or where one entity is invited to the official Belgrade or Zagreb but not the other creates fears,” Tadic said.

If I were Vucic, I'd have called (Bosniak leader) Bakir Izetbegovic as well, thus avoiding further interpretations of the meeting. I'd do it, especially because Bosniak politicians condemned Dodik's visit to Zagreb, where he went alone. Vucic didn't do that because he's a man of completely different values and political style.”

Tadic noted he neither believes the meeting dealt with the division of Bosnia nor its EU accession process.

“With regard to the division of Bosnia, I'll say it again, whoever thinks about that only means evil towards Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks. That's very dangerous politics for the entire region, it's dangerous for the idea of Greater Serbia and Greater Croatia and there are politicians in the region with such plans,” the former Serbian President noted.

Speaking about Milorad Dodik who is also the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite Presidency, Tadic said he does not believe the Bosnian Serb leader is serious when he speaks of the secession of the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity from Bosnia.

“It seems he always makes a counter statement sometime later, just so he could strike a balance and contribute to Bosnia's stability in a way.”

When asked whether Serbia would ever recognize Kosovo's independence, Tadic responded:

“Each country is fighting for its own territorial integrity and sovereignty. If Bosnia easily gave up part of its territory, then it would send a signal to the international public that it is ready to give up other parts of the territory, especially those parts that are inhabited by people who do not belong to the dominant majority people in it. If that is the principle for Bosnia, why would it be different for Serbia or Slovenia. See how much Slovenia and Croatia have struggled around the Piran Bay. No country renounces part of its territory.”

Source:  http://ba.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a478626/Fmr-Serbian-President-Bosnian-Serb-leader-contributing-to-country-s-stability.html

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