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Dodik: We expect Montenegro to reaffirm special ties with Bosnia's RS entity

September 11, 2020

Bosnia’s Serb-majority region of Republika Srpska (RS) expects that the future government of Montenegro will reaffirm an earlier request to establish special ties between the RS and Montenegro once it is formed, the Serb member of the tripartite Presidency, Milorad Dodik, said during his visit to Belgrade on Friday.

Dodik mentioned that RS authorities have sent that request to Montenegro's current President Milo Djukanovic about a  decade ago and that the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement leaves the possibility to establish such special relations.

The Bosnian Serb leader pointed out that the parties that won the recent election in Montenegro are emphasising the need to respect international obligations.

In the meantime, Dodik said Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic informed him about the meetings at the White House with Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdulah Hoti, witnessed by the IS President Donald Trump.

After talking to Vucic, Dodik also said he thought Serbia's President "did a good job." 

He added he had no expectations nor he could accept "sincere acts by the international officials, primarily those from Brussels, regarding Serbia."

He said he spoke with Vucic about the developments in Montenegro and the new government there and that the fact that neither the RS nor Serbia interfered in that process was pointed out at the meeting.

"But nobody is saying that there are no expectations. My expectations are that the new government in Montenegro will primarily choose Belgrade and Banja Luka as the first destination to visit in the region. But we see that this is not the case. This is their choice," he said.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a638871/Dodik-We-expect-Montenegro-to-reaffirm-special-ties-with-Bosnia-s-RS-entity.html

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