Bosnia's Presidency responds to Milorad Dodik's views on joining Western Balkans Summit

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Bosnia's Presidency responds to Milorad Dodik's views on joining Western Balkans Summit

The member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH Denis Becirovic responded to the views of Milorad Dodik, the President of Republika Srpska RS, the entity in BiH, on harmonizing positions with Serbia regarding BiH participation in the EU - Western Balkans Summit on December 6th in Tirana.

Becirovic said that BiH is an independent, sovereign state and a full member of the UN UN UN Representatives of lower administrative-territorial units in BiH do not have any authority in conducting foreign policy. The foreign policy of BiH can't be decided by neighboring countries. The competent state authorities decide that. Milorad Dodik's unfounded views and unauthorized interference in issues that are not in his jurisdiction have no legal force, said a member of the BiH Presidency.

The decision of BiH was not affected by any harmonization of views between the President of BiH of the RS and the President of Serbia, according to Becirovic.

Dodik and the BiH entity of the RS were not even invited to participate in the summit in any form, so it is pointless to mention the entities positions in the context of participation in the summit in Tirana. The Presidency of BiH made a decision by which it accepted the invitation to participate in the EU-Western Balkans Summit and agreed who should represent BiH, according to Klix.ba.