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Milorad Dodik
Milorad Dodik
18 March 2008

Banja Luka _ The use of force against Serb protesters in northern Kosovo was “inappropriate whatever the cause for that might be,” Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said.

Dodik, the Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, the Bosnian Serb entity in Bosnia, told Serbian state news agency Tanjug that “it is obvious that international forces in Kosovo have lost patience, but we should all be aware of the fact that it is the proclamation of Kosovo independence that has led to such a situation."

A United Nations Police Officer from Ukraine died from the injuries he sustained during the clashes that erupted Monday in Serb-dominated northern Mitrovica.

Some 100 civilians, 37 NATO peacekeepers and 65 international police officers were injured in unrest after UN riot police stormed a UN-run court in northern Kosovo, retaking it from the Serbs who had seized the building on Friday.

On Tuesday, the situation in Mitrovica remained calm. NATO peacekeepers which on Monday received authorisation to use force against protesters, stayed deployed throughout the town.

"I am on the side of those that are fighting for their rights and that want to exercise those rights, and I am against the ones that use force against bare-armed people and thus demonstrate a ruthless approach which must not repeat itself ever again," Dodik said.

Following Kosovo's declaration of independence, Dodik indicated Republika Srpska might opt for a referendum on its secession from Sarajevo, but later played down the idea.

Source: Tanjug / Balkan Insight

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