“There is no word about war conflicts. The text was written by James Lyon, who has been building his authority as the director of Crisis Group here, and of course he makes bombastic texts in order to be engaged somewhere by someone”, Ivanić said.
Twenty years of peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina might be terminated after increasingly expressive political tensions not only in B&H, but in the Balkans as well. Current political leadership of Republika Srpska, the smaller BH entity, has been long deprecating because of the current position and expressing desire for secession louder and louder; it was written in the last issue of Foreign Policy.
The text signed by James Lyon, former member of the International Crisis Group, among other things accuses Milorad Dodik and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin for breaking B&H with an assessment that a “war with difficult consequences will break out again in B&H and Serbia” in case the referendum, which is scheduled for November 15, is held.
That such a denouement is not possible is claimed by the head people from Republika Srpska, stating that it does not matter so much what is written, but who wrote it. “There is no word about war conflicts. The text was written by James Lyon, who has been building his authority as the director of Crisis Group here, and of course he makes bombastic texts in order to be engaged somewhere by someone”, Ivanić said.
Furthermore, Ivanić added that he does not believe in the author’s thesis according to which the referendum on judiciary might be an overture into a referendum on secession in 2018, and that such outcome would be suicidal for the RS.
Reacting to Lyon’s accusations, Dodik told to the media in Belgrade that the former member of the International Crisis Group has always been tendentiously working against the Serb interest.
“There will be no referendum on November 15, he lied about that as well! For ten years now, we have been listening to the same story about four requests: to rehabilitate the role of America, to rehabilitate and bring a special representative, to rehabilitate the high representative, to revise the Dayton Agreement until its complete change. Well, I am sorry, but that will not happen. I do not agree”, Dodik emphasized.