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Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said that Srpska believes in its strength and its right to decide about itself while honouring international law.
After a meeting in Banjaluka with former US Congressman Bob McEwen, Dodik said that the Dayton Peace Agreement has already been degraded in BiH.
“Now, we have many more powers at the BiH level than stipulated in the Dayton Agreement,” Dodik told reporters.
He said that the Dayton Agreement has to a large degree been destroyed by the violence of the IC and High Representatives to BiH.
“The normative/legal framework established by the Dayton Agreement has thus been degraded. The model of building BiH on the foundations of a nation-state is not the same as elsewhere and, as such, BiH has been continuously failing,” Dodik said.
According to him, McEwen is a great friend of Republika Srpska and has great understanding for the role and position of Srpska.
“We never wanted to be the only side in BiH that is being listened to, but we were often those who were rejected. The Congressman had earlier helped the Republika Srpska’s positions to be heard properly,” Dodik said.
McEwen said that Srpska achieved great progress in the economy and represents a significant factor in the region.
“I want to convey the good wishes from the min-Balkan community in Dayton and their love for Republika Srpska, which is daily growing and developing. There are those who never want to bypass Banjaluka and Republika Srpska when visiting the region,” McEwen said.
He said that during his visit to Srpska he will also tour areas hit by floods.
In addition to Dodik, the meeting was attended by the Speaker of the Republika Srpska Parliament, Igor Radojicic, and Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic.