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Dodik: I accept assistance to avoid referendum

TANJUG_maliBANJA LUKA – President of Republika Srpska (RS) Milorad Dodik has said that he accepts the assistance from Serbia and Europe so that the planned referendum on the Court and Prosecution of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) would not have to be held.

We want to bring the Prosecution back into the framework of the Constitution. I accept the assistance from (Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar) Vucic and all from Europe. If we do that before the day of the referendum, them the referendum could be pointless, Dodik told Radio-Television of Republika Srpska on Wednesday.

Two days ago, the RS president sent a letter to the BiH authorities, international community, accompanied with an analysis titled “Legal Grounds for the Planned Referendum in Republika Srpska”, in which he explains that the referendum is in keeping with the Dayton Peace Agreement and all valid regulations.

The RS national assembly made the decision to hold the referendum so as to give its citizens an opportunity to have their say about the laws imposed on them by the high representative appointed under Annex 10 of the Dayton Peace Agreement.

Prime Minister Vucic urged Dodik to reconsider the decision on the referendum.

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