Bosnia Serb PM Dismisses US Aid Cuts
“I am sorry about such a move, but it either represents pressure or they were asking us for obedience,” said Milorad Dodik, Bosnian Serb Prime Minister and the leader of the Alliance of Social Democrats.
His remarks came after Bosnia's US Embassy said Dodik and his Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, the SNSD, were no longer entitled to aid from the programs, which include USAID.
“The SNSD does not fulfill the USAID’s criteria for helping political parties in consolidation and development of parliamentary democracies,” the Embassy said in a statement.
Dodik, the Prime Minister of Bosnia's smaller Bosnian Serb entity, Republika Srpska, RS, strongly opposes the independence of Kosovo and has signaled the Bosnian Serb entity could opt for more sovereignty within the Federation.
“They (the USAID) were not giving us money, they were paying some people to help us,” Dodik said.
He has recently criticised a statement by the Brussels-based Peace Implementation Council, PIC, that the country's entities have no right to secede.
The body is responsible for assessing Bosnia's compliance with the 1995 Dayton peace accord that ended a three-year bloody war and left Bosnia divided between Serb and Muslim-Croat entities.
Their statement came in light of violent protests by Bosnian Serbs against Kosovo's independence.
Dodik argued that since Kosovo's declaration of independence, “the Serbian entity is going through a difficult period which requires tranquility and security.”
The PIC warned that “the international community will keep necessary instruments to oppose the destructive tendencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it will not allow the undermining of the Dayton peace accord.