The End of Republika Srpska?

Does the indictment of Radovan Karadzic spell the end of a separate Serbian identity within Bosnia?

Some of Bosnia’s Muslims seem to think so. Perhaps we are witnessing the beginnings of the “Kosovization” of Bosnia, and can expect a mass exodus of Bosnian Serbs across the border to Serbia, assuming that they are lucky enough to escape with their lives.

According to AKI :

Bosnia: Muslims step up demands to abolish Serb entity

Sarajevo/Belgrade, 1 August(AKI) — Bosnian Muslims on Friday welcomed the indictment of Radovan Karadzic before the Hague-based United Nations war crimes tribunal and stepped up demands for the abolition of his project, the separate Serb entity, Republika Srpska (RS).

The territory was created in the Dayton Peace Accord that ended the war in 1995 inside what is now Bosnia-Herzegovina.

A move to abolish it has been revived by the Muslim member of the entity’s three-man presidency, Haris Silajdzic.

But RS’ Prime Minister Milorad Dodik rejected the proposal saying it was an attempt by Muslims to punish the RS and its first president Karadzic.

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“It’s definitely clear that the RS is not part of such a scenario, because she has her legitimacy,” Dodik said.

“The problem is that some people in Sarajevo (should) wake up, look left and right and realise that the RS is there. It will remain there permanently.”

A defiant Karadzic appeared before the UN tribunal on Thursday charged with 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. He told the court he would defend himself and enter a plea before the court on 29 August.

The event was carried live by television stations in Bosnia and Serbia and many reacted emotionally to his court appearance.

“I cannot even look at him,” said Sarajevo resident Naira Sanderovic who lost her father and brother in 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war. “He revives all those difficult images.”

The Mothers of Srebrenica, which represents relatives of the victims of a massacre in the eastern town in July 1995, when up to 8,000 Muslims were killed by Bosnian Serb forces, said in a statement Karadzic was “just one of the ideologists of the project of genocide and ethnic cleansing”.

“Karadzic and his followers have invented such a project, which was realised because of active and continuous participation of all institutions of the self-proclaimed Republika Srpska,” the statement said.

Mothers of Srebrenica said that the trial of Karadzic should be used “not only to determine his individual responsibility for the project of genocide and ethnic cleansing, but also for the correction of the effects of that project”.

The statement echoed demands by Bosnian Muslim leaders for the abolition of the Serbian entity RS, which they called a “genocidal creature”.

Meanwhile, Serbian media on Friday published details of Karadzic’s claim that he had signed a deal with the US in 1995 that would spare him from prosecution if he stepped down as president of the RS.

Several Belgrade newspapers published facsimiles of the alleged agreement signed by Karadzic and US envoy to the Balkans, Richard Holbrooke, architect of the Dayton accord.

“I negotiated a very tough deal. He had to step down immediately from both his posts as president of the Serb part of Bosnia and as head of his party. And he did so,” Holbrooke told US network CNN.

But he denied that immunity from prosecution was part of the deal. The US State Department also denied the existence of such a document.

Karadzic claimed that he made a deal with Holbrooke that involved his withdrawal from public life.

But Belgrade analyst, Slavko Zivanov, pointed out that Holbrooke told “only half the truth”. He told Adnkronos International (AKI) that the deal was made, but didn’t say what Karadzic was promised in return.

Hat tip: C. Cantoni.

9 thoughts on “The End of Republika Srpska?

  1. It is, randian. Especially considering what the Muslims did during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. And considering how Naser Oric was acquitted by the tribunal. In my opinion, Oric is the worst war criminal to have lived since the Nazis.

  2. SHOULD such an occurence happen, i.e. Bosnians push for dissolution of the Republic Srpska, it will IMHO cause the following:

    1. Hardline elements inside Serbia proper say “thus far and no farther” and a “last stand” since obviously Serbia proper would be dismantled.

    A return to War in other words. As Serbian ethnic survival would be threatened.

    2. Calling upon their only friend, RUSSIA.

    I seem to recall, vaguely, can’t say where, there was a “spot of bother” in the Balkans over some damn fool thing. Parties in the West tried to erase Serbia over some criminal action, and Russia got involved.

    Anyone remember how that one turned out?

  3. “The Mothers of Srebrenica, which represents relatives of the victims of a massacre in the eastern town in July 1995, when up to 8,000 Muslims were killed by Bosnian Serb forces, said in a statement Karadzic was “just one of the ideologists of the project of genocide and ethnic cleansing”.

    Lies. And a disgrace that the western media perpetuates this muslim propoganda. Tne truth about Srebrenica is somewhet different:


    The Real Srebrenica Genocide

    Note to Baron and Dymphna: I hope you allow this post but I fully understand if you don’t.

    And the bastards freed Oric. Makes you proud doesn’t it?

  4. Calling upon their only friend, RUSSIA

    Considering how lovey-dovey Russia is with Iran (who will almost certainly stab them in the back by giving a nuke to their co-religionists in Chechnya), I don’t think they would care if Muslims kill more Serbs.

  5. Randian, if I know anything about Russia, it’s that they are not particularly concerned with the appearance of contradiction in their foreign policy. They are actually more consistent about it than one might think. Supporting Iran with one hand and Serbia with the other would be par for the course as long as it means they can play the power-balance game.

  6. Spackle said, and I quote, “I guess it is just the Roman in me.”

    As a person not personally of Roman or Italian extraction, but who has always considered himself/herself Roman-friendly, I am deeply offended by this blatently viscious stereotyping of the entire Latin-speaking community.

    I demand a retraction, apology, and a check of at least five figures in partial compensation for my irreversible and interminable emotional injury.

    And I don’t want to be further victimized by any snotty remarks about being thin-skinned. That is a genetic disorder that large numbers of otherwise honorable persons suffer. I do not appreciate being marginalized over a disability beyond my control.

  7. I’m from bosnia but i live in America now where have been since the 1998 and you guys got it completly wrong. The war is over there is still grudges but republica srpska is bosnia except they want a serbian only government, which is contrast to us. The only way to move forward is unity and bosnia has a ton of non muslims in the government… REPUBLICA SRPSKA??? LOL IL PAY U IF U FIND ONE.

    We have nothing against anyone, we just want our country back, and if we get a catholic, athiest, jewish president.. it really doesnt matter as long as we are unified as one. And I’ve lost ton of family during the war but were not the only nation to go through a war, its a reoccuring phase in history. Srebrenica was horrable, I’ve lived through it and the things that happen there were inhuman -_-, the president of “republika srpska” supports war criminals he even admitts it, so how can u expect people not to hate him? Give up all the war criminals, unify the country cause people are living in poverty all over. Look at America, so many different nationalities yet everyone lives together and gets allong for the most part.

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