“Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, who has long called for the secession of his region from Bosnia, appears to have dramatically toned down that demand as the country approaches elections.

The Balkan country holds parliamentary and presidential polls on Oct. 7 which many analysts see as a turning point that will decide if Bosnia will progress toward the EU and NATO integrations or remain stuck in ethnic rivalries.

Dodik, who presides over Bosnia’s autonomous Serb Republic, is running for the Serb seat in the tripartite inter-ethnic presidency of Bosnia – a state he has in the past repeatedly called “impossible” and destined for dissolution.” (Reuters)