Bosnia's Dodik Calms Secession Fears
His statement on Monday evening was aimed to settle growing demands from radical Bosnian Serb groups who have called on RS to follow the Kosovo example and declare independence.
Over the past couple of years, Dodik himself discussed the possibility of a independence referendum for RS.
Infuriated by Kosovo’s declaration of independence, many Bosnian Serb hard-liners have urged Dodik to keep true to his word.
Dodik told local media that his ruling Party of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD, “will call for a referendum only if RS is questioned, but that is not the case with Kosovo independence.”
The top international body in the country, the Office of the High Representative, OHR, has repeatedly warned against a change in Bosnia's borders.
“Republika Srpska does not have the right to secede from Bosnia, at the same time no one can unilaterally abolish Republika Srpska,” the High Representative and EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak said recently.