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EAST SARAJEVO, JULY 20 /SRNA/ - The Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik said on Saturday that it was in Republika Srpska’s interest to resolve open issues with Croatia, and not to have the Pelješac Bridge, which is in Croatia’s territory, a subject of talks.


“We should focus on solving the existing problems, such as a border near Kostajnica, the construction of a bridge in Gradiška, the nuclear waste repository in Trgovska Gora. As far as I am concerned, the Pelješac Bridge is an internal matter for Croatia,” Dodik told the Večernji List daily, edition for BiH.

He has recalled that the Serbian and Croatian people had many difficult moments throughout history, and that “the sensitive issue of WWII is the most important issue which should be preserved among both peoples in a way that valid truths are not disputed.”

Dodik has said that no one can tell Serbs that the Ustashe regime was not killing them, adding that they are sensitive when someone is denying it.

He feels that at the moment, Serbs and Croats resolved all open issues at least regarding relations of the states.

Dodik has said that he has the right and obligation to hear about the interest of the Croatian people as a significant number of them voted for him in the elections, noting that the organization of BiH is not in favor of the positioning of the Croatian collectivity in the political sense and that the Croatian state agreed to have Croats subjected to outvoting in BiH.

He has said that Bosniaks and the Bosniak political elite are the only ones who could change things in BiH, but that they are not ready for it as they have an unbreakable will to absolutely dominate the Croats, and later Republika Srpska and Serbs.

According to him, Sarajevo is always looking for a new conflict, but those who think that Serbs are moaning because the authorities have not been formed there are sorely mistaken.

Dodik has said that the functioning of the BiH Presidency cannot be considered beyond the fact that the Council of Ministers and Parliament have not yet been formed, noting that he, as the chairman, did everything in his power to try to create new dynamics in BiH, but failed, primarily when it comes to getting the EU candidate status.

“/People/ in Sarajevo decided not to form authorities and we lost an opportunity to get the candidate status this year,” Dodik said.

Dodik has said that the European integration which would mean giving up the right to representation of peoples and their constitutionality is unacceptable, but that he is ready to respect the Constitution and rights defined by it, and that the autonomy of people in making decisions about their status must be guaranteed.

When it comes to Serbia, Dodik reiterated that Srpska is ready to accept everything on which Belgrade and Priština agree, noting that Kosovo did not use an opportunity to affirm itself as an internationally recognized state and that many who supported Kosovo see that it does not have the capacity for it, while Serbia got an opportunity to arrive at a solution that could be sustainable through negotiations.

“The issues of Kosovo and Republika Srpska are comparable. If some give the right to a people who live in the area of an autonomous province to be affirmed internationally as an alleged state, why some others do not have this right, and they are very close to it?” Dodik asked. /end/sg