“The President of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity, Milorad Dodik, who is running for the Serb position in the three-member state Presidency in the October election, said he will surely win and when he does, he will only look after the interests of Republika Srpska, which he said should be a separate state.

Since the end of the 1992-95 war, Bosnia is divided in two semi-autonomous entities, one dominated by Serbs and the other shared by Bosniaks and Croats.

Dodik is for years advocating the Bosnia’s Serb’s wartime goal – Republika Srpska’s secession from Bosnia. He has continuously obstructed any local or international effort to unite the country.

‘Republika Srpska is a state according to all international qualifications,’ he told reporters in Belgrade on Wednesday.

He added that there were many countries with the same characteristics but that the international community ‘just doesn’t want to give us international recognition.’

‘But, that does not mean that we should give up,’ he said.” (N1)