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Bosnian Serb president on Cyprus visit

Milorad Dodik

President of the Serb Republic of Bosnia/Herzegovina (Republika Srpska), Milorad Dodik, was received on Monday by President Nicos Anastasiades, with whom he exchanged views on bilateral cooperation.

In statements after the meeting, Dodik, speaking through an interpreter, said that he had a very good and interesting discussion with Anastasiades, noting that there were many similarities between the situation in Cyprus and the one the Serb people are facing in Bosnia/Herzegovina.
“I informed the Cypriot President about the functioning of the situation in Bosnia/Herzegovina, and I understand that there is a project for a new agreement here in Cyprus based on two communities in one country,” he said. “Our experience shows that this system is complex and delays the passing of decisions that would allow a fast progress.”

He also said he informed the Cypriot President about Turkey`s presence in Bosnia/Herzegovina and its “support for one side only, which is a factor that contributes to the difficulty of making agreements in the country”.
Though Bosnia and Herzegovina is peaceful, he said that the differences between the ethnic communities were “very marked”.
“Bosnia/Herzegovina is a united country but because of the differences in mentalities and the aspirations of the different people who are going their own ways the functioning of the country is very difficult, he added.

“It is difficult to bring decisions and achieve compromises in the country which allows larger interventionism by foreigners which is an additional burden on the functioning of the country.”

During the meeting, he said, he exchanged views with Anastasiades on bilateral cooperation and added that he had already met Cypriot businessmen in the area of pharmacology and exploitation of minerals.
Dodik is visiting Cyprus on the invitation of the Socialist EDEK party. (CNA)

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