The Serbian Republic within Bosnia and Herzegovina has taken a new step towards autonomy. The parliament voted last night for a motion of secession from the army, the tax system, justice and the security services of Bosnia. 49 out of 83 MPs voted in favour, 3 were against. The rest walked away or boycotted the mood.
The leader of the Bosnian Serbs, Milorad Dodik, said in parliament that he does not believe that the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina can survive. He called it an important day for the Serbian Republic and said there should be a referendum, including the creation of an army of his own. Within six months, he wants to come up with bills to adopt federal powers.
Opposition members are fiercely opposed to that. They fear that Dodiks proposals will lead to new conflicts in the Balkans and bloodshed.
Among other things, the embassies of the United States and the United Kingdom join this and say that stability in the region is in jeopardy due to the risk of the Dayton agreements. They ended the civil war in Bosnia in 1995, which killed more than 100,000 people.