VIDEO | Andonovic: After the meeting with Putin, Dodik announced a referendum on disassociation from BiH

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Republika Srpska will hold a referendum on independence from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the date will be determined in accordance with the interests of other parties, the president of the BiH entity, Milorad Dodik, told the Russian agency TASS.

"There is a decision to secede, but no specific date has been set yet. A lot of analysis needs to be done. We would like to now, but, apart from us, there are still two parties in the process. This, of course, takes time," said Dodik in an interview with TASS on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.

Dodik emphasizes that his main task is to initiate the negotiation process.

We are sure that at this stage there is already enough historical, general civilizational maturity and understanding that this should and will happen," said Dodik, alluding to peaceful separation from the federation and acquisition of independence of the Serbian entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

According to him, staying in Bosnia and Herzegovina for Republika Srpska is "synonymous with wasting time and opportunities".

"That is why it is necessary to realize what we want as soon as possible, so that we stop wasting resources hoping that Bosnia and Herzegovina will do something", added the president of RS.

At the same time, he claims that RS "absolutely" does not want to create "instability".

"That is why, first of all, we proposed to Bosnia and Herzegovina to withdraw from the country, to terminate the Dayton Agreement. We are actually going in that direction,” he said.

Dodik previously stated that the authorities of Republika Srpska will prepare a resolution for the peaceful secession of that entity from Bosnia and Herzegovina within 30 days. According to his words, this will ensure the preservation of the existing model of functioning of the economy and its adaptation to the model of peaceful separation within a few years.

The Republika Srpska leader linked that initiative to a draft UN General Assembly resolution on the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, which Dodik called illegal. He also said the international community was not paying attention to the killing of some 3.500 ethnic Serbs by Islamic militias in the Srebrenica area during the armed conflict in the early 1990s, Russian news agency TASS reported.

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