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Bosnian Serb leader against appointing U.S. special envoy
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09:13, April 09, 2009

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Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodikon Wednesday warned the United States to refrain from appointing a special envoy for the troubled Balkan country, Bosnia's news web portal Pincom reported.

"Solutions should be sought within the boundaries of local institutions and that should be possible unless requests for general changes are irrational and unrealistic," Dodik told a news conference in the Bosnian city of Banja Luka.

"I count on the U.S. administration being sensible, but if it decides (to appoint a special envoy), those who make such a decision will also be responsible for its success or failure," said Dodik, prime minister of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska.

He said that announcements about the appointment of a U.S. special envoy for the Balkans were the result of lobbying by those who wanted radical changes in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

According to diplomatic sources, the idea of the new U.S. administration appointing a new envoy for the Balkans has been increasingly getting broader local and international support, and the U.S. State Department continues to contemplate this possibility.

The peace agreement signed in the U.S. city of Dayton ended Bosnia's 1992-1995 war and left the former Yugoslav republic divided into two entities, the Serb republic and Muslim-Croat federation.

The United States has mostly withdrawn its military and political engagement in Bosnia, leaving safeguarding the country to the Europeans. Yet, without a united and thoughtful approach, the European Union has appeared incapable of controlling Bosnia's radical leaders, such as Dodik and Bosniak leader Haris Silajdzic.


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