In a letter to US President Donald Trump, the Chairman of the BiH Presidency, Milorad Dodik, has said that the Serbs, as a constituent people in BiH and Republika Srpska as an Entity in BiH, do not perceive November 25 as a statehood day, explaining that this date is not stipulated as a holiday by any relevant decision.
“As the Chairman of the BiH Presidency, I would like to inform you that the Serbs, as a constituent people in BiH, Republika Srpska, as an Entity in BiH, and I personally, do not perceive this date as a statehood day, and that this date is not stipulated as a holiday by any relevant decision. The other two peoples in BiH celebrate this date from the time of communism, while Serbs do not perceive it as a holiday,” Dodik said in the letter.
Answering to a letter he received from the US President on the occasion of November 25, which in a part of BiH is marked as a statehood day, even though a law on holidays has not been passed, Dodik explained that the previous US administration contributed to a large degree to this confusion, turning a deaf ear to the position of Republika Srpska and the Serbian people, without which no decision can be made in BiH, including that on state holidays.
“I would like to express my intention to build sincere and successful relations with the US, without any speculations. I appreciate you and your policy of not meddling into internal affairs of other countries and of supporting doctrines of patriotism all over the world,” says Dodik in his letter.
Dodik has stressed that he is committed to BiH’s accession to the EU as soon as possible and that no decision on accession to NATO has been made because he and Republika Srpska are committed to military neutrality since NATO deeply got involved in the war in BiH and bombed Serbs in Republika Srpska.
“Dear Excellency, I am sincerely glad for your victory, I follow your positions and I am absolutely assured that under your leadership America will be even more powerful and more prosperous,” says the Chairman of the BiH Presidency, Milorad Dodik, in his letter to US President Donald Trump.