Bosnia Serbs Gear up for Independence

World | February 22, 2008, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bosnia Serbs Gear up for Independence The Republic of Srpska in the Bosnian federation (colored in red) is ready to secede if independent Kosovo gains wider recognition. Map by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:BH_municipality_location.gif

The Parliament of the Republic of Srpska, the Serbian-populated part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, decided Thursday night it would secede if Kosovo gained wider international recognition.

According to the Parliament's decision independent Kosovo was precedent in recognizing the right of self-determination.

"Kosovo's self-declared independence created not just a dangerous precedent but also a new right, practice and principles", the PM of the Republic of Srpska Milorad Dodik said, and added: "Europe has a double standard policy regarding Kosovo and Bosnia."

The document approved by the Srpska Parliament states independence could be declared after a referendum on the "state question" takes place.

It also requires that all representatives of the Serbian republic in the federal institutions do their best to block the establishing of any relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and independent Kosovo.
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