The President of Republika Srpska is demanding "secession" from Bosnia

The leader of the Serb-held territory of Bosnia repeated his threat to secede from the Balkan country, a day before a UN vote to designate an annual day to commemorate the 8.000 genocide of more than 1995 Bosnian Muslims by Bosnian Serbs.

Milorad Dodik, the president of the Republika Srpska, has in the past made several such threats to secede the Serb-controlled territories from Bosnia and join neighboring Serbia.

Meanwhile, relatives of the Srebrenica victims said the vote would mark a historic day to ensure the deaths could not be denied or forgotten.

A proposed UN resolution sponsored by Germany and Rwanda was supported by Bosniaks, who are mostly Muslim, but sparked protests and a lobbying campaign against the resolution.

Milorad Dodik and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic say the resolution would label all Serbs as genocidal, although the draft does not explicitly name Serbs as the culprits.

Both Serbia and the Bosnian Serbs have denied that genocide took place in Srebrenica, even though it has been established by two UN tribunals.

Dodik and some other Bosnian Serb officials are under US and UK sanctions, in part for threatening the US peace plan that ended the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia.

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