UK sanctions target Bosnian-Serb leaders — Analysis
They’re accused of seeking Republika Srpska’s ‘secession’ from Bosnia and Herzegovina
London declared sanctions Monday on Bosnian-Serb politicians Milorad Dodik (and Zeljka Vijanovic) who were accused of committing crimes. “deliberately undermining the hard-won peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
These sanctions include travel bans and asset freezes as a response to the UK’s claims of political activity. “de facto secession of Republika Srpska [from Bosnia and Herzegovina] in direct contravention of the country’s constitution.”Cvijanovic, president of Republika Srpska is a constitutive entity of Bosnia Herzegovina. Dodik serves as Bosnian-Serb member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s three-person presidency.
It is believed that the pair have a romantic relationship. “emboldened by Russia’s undermining of the international rules-based system”And “encouraged by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,”The UK Foreign Office released a press release on Monday, in which it also accused both “genocide denial.”
“Their reckless behavior threatens stability and security across the Western Balkans,”Liz Truss is the Foreign Secretary.
Dodik, who the UK accuses “divisive, dangerous, nationalist rhetoric”Also available: “undermining domestic and regional peace and encouraging ethnic hatred,”In January the US sanctioned him and frozen his assets, and declared him a criminal. “a significant threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
Dodik called for the abolition of Bosina and Herzegovina’s armed forces in 2011. Addressing the UN Security Council in 2012, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s then-High Representative Valentin Inzko characterized Dodik as a “frequent… proponent of state dissolution.”
Cvijanovic reacted to the threats by stating that she was “really ready and able to bear”These are them “on behalf of the citizens”Republika Srpska. The reason they arise is her accountability for the legislation Christian Schmidt (the High Representative) deemed necessary. “unconstitutional” and a threat to peace in the region, as well as London’s claim that she has “publicly glorified war criminals.”
Dodik, who had pledged to oppose any sanctions on Russia for the military intervention in Ukraine, and his ministers twice voted against proposals by Croat and Bosniak friends to make EU countries to prevent Russia and Belarus access to European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Funds (EBRD).
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