Serbia's Vucic pledges more support to Republika Srpska

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-3-23 8:52:29

New Serbian government will give more political support to Republika Srpska, it was decided at the meeting between outgoing Serbia's deputy prime minister and the president of Republika Srpska.

Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Milorad Dodik, the president of Republika Srpska which is an entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina, met in the Serbian government on Saturday.

Arriving at the meeting, Dodik said that his visit "reflects his opinion about the results of the [March 16] elections", that are according to preliminary results of the parliamentary elections in Serbia, convincingly won by Vucic.

After the meeting, Vucic and Dodik told journalists that they talked about possibilities of economic cooperation between Serbia and Republika Srpska whose population is mainly consisting of Serbs.

Vucic, leader of the Serbian Progressive Party, said that Serbia respects the Dayton agreement, the peace agreement brought in 1995 that ended the war in Bosnia by turning it into a federation of two entities.

"Serbia is on the road towards the EU membership. By guarding its stability it always protects the stability and the survival of Republika Srpska, respecting the Dayton Agreement", said Vucic at a press conference after the meeting.

Vucic said that Dodik inquired about the possibility to have a separate gas pipeline that would bring Russian gas to Bosnia and Herzegovina, from the so called South Stream whose construction recently started.

Vucic said that "these options will be discussed with the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina", and added that in case of rejection, the pipeline will only lead to the Republika Srpska.

Posted in: Europe

blog comments powered by Disqus