Vucic, who met with Dodik in Belgrade, touched upon the recent developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The President of Serbia called on the Entity officials of the Republika Srpska to listen to the recommendations of the Serb people to protect the interests of the Serb people, peace and tranquility in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to contribute to the work of the institutions, saying, “My request to the authorities of the Republika Srpska and Republika Srpska entity is to consider the Serbian people and the interests of the entity in their decisions. ” said.
“Steps to disturb the peace in the entire region”
Vucic also criticized the US sanctions targeting Dodik, “Such sanctions are steps that will disrupt the peace in the entire region, especially in the relations between the three nations and two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” he said.
It was stated that Dodik also expressed his dissatisfaction with the reactions to the illegal “9 January Republika Srpska Day” celebrations, and argued that “a smear campaign is being carried out against the Republic of Serbia entity and the Serbian people through the media”.
Despite being unconstitutional in Banja Luka, the “9 January Day of the Republika Srpska” celebrations were celebrated alongside Dodik, Republika Srpska President Zeljka Cvijanovic, 800 members of the Republika Srpska police, Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brbanic, Russian Ambassador Igor Kalbuhov and extremists. 2,700 people attended, including right-wing French deputies.
The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina declared “Serbian Republic Day” “unconstitutional” at the request of Bakir Izetbegovic, a member of the Presidential Council of the time, in 2015.
Upon the decision, the People’s Assembly of Republika Srpska held a referendum on September 25, 2016 for the recognition of “9 January Republika Srpska Day”, but the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina did not recognize this referendum and banned actions to celebrate the day in question.
After the events, Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bisera Turkovic, announced that a diplomatic note was given to Russia, China and Serbia, which sent representatives to the illegally celebrated “9 January Republika Srpska Day” program in Banja Luka.