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BANJALUKA, NOVEMBER 11 /SRNA/ - Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik stated Monday that Republika Srpska did not have the right to give up on its autonomy, statehood or independence which were confirmed by the Dayton Peace Accords.


"Today, after nearly 25 years since they were signed, Republika Srpska has the duty to maintain its rights from the international agreement,” Dodik said in his address during a special session of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska.

He pointed out that the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, the highest legislative body made up of legitimate representatives of the people living in Srpska, had everything that was needed to return within the framework of the genuine Dayton Agreement.

"Republika Srpska can achieve it by the new Constitution of Republika Srpska, in accordance with the BiH Constitution, copying the provision from Article 3.1 of the BiH Constitution. The second paragraph of the same article already exists in the Srpska constitution - Article 3 /Amendment 56/,” Dodik explained .

He pointed out that these times would be remembered by what was achieved, not by “what kind of pressures and blackmails we were subjected to to give up our rights”.

"Had we surrendered in numerous situations in the post-war years or had we not chosen the right path, the statehood of Republika Srpska would have been annulled," Dodik said.

He noted that the views and moves that Srpska had made were adapted to the times and power it had back then.

"We have come to see the time when international law and what was written in the Dayton Agreement is gaining significance again. That’s why we now openly and responsibly discuss the violation of the Dayton Agreement and consequences that threaten to render Republika Srpska meaningless,” Dodik said.

He notes that the times passed when high representatives fulfilled the requests of only one side in BiH and that Srpska’s views are clear and well-known, and those are - the promotion of peace, respect of democracy through election will, pride and love for Republika Srpska, accomplishment of its sovereignty and autonomy confirmed by the Dayton Agreement and BiH Constitution as the right to freedom.

Dodik believes that the present-day anti-Dayton BiH is on an irreversible path of disintegration by the will and acts of Bosniak structures helped by a part of the international community, mostly its diplomatic representatives working in Sarajevo. /end/dš