October 13, 2016

Srpska President Milorad Dodik told Srna on Thursday that he is always willing to engage in a constructive dialogue with everyone, including the US diplomats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but on an equal footing, without any imposition of views or conditions in any respect.

When asked by Srna to comment on a statement by US Ambassador Maureen Cormack that she would meet him when he was ready and decided to be a partner in cooperation and projects very important for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dodik said he had never stood against conversation and always supported dialogue.

“However, if the esteemed Ms Cormack considers a partnership to be a concept where we blindly accept everything they say, that’s not dialogue, that’s imposition,” said Dodik and submitted that he remained open for talks with US diplomats on an equal footing.

The president of Republika Srpska pointed out that he appreciated the American administration’s contribution to peace and stability in BiH, but also recalled that there had been disagreements too with certain representatives of the US administration, who advocate the centralisation of the country and extension of the Office of the High Representative’s term in BiH.

Dodik said he was always a man of peace prepared for dialogue on all important matters that did not jeopardise the position of Republika Srpska.

Source: Srna