Bosnian Serb leaders worried over 'violations' of Dayton accords

BANJA LUKA, Aug 1, 2000 -- (AFP) Bosnian Serb leaders joined together Monday in defense of the Dayton peace accords that ended the Bosnian 1992-95 war, saying attempts to change them could endanger peace in Bosnia and Europe.

Republika Srpska (RS, Bosnia's Serb-run entity) premier Milorad Dodik, RS parliamentary speaker Petar Djokic and the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency Zivko Radisic were taking part into a round table here on the issue.

"We are convinced that any violation and deviation from the Dayton agreement could disturb the peace and endanger stability in the region and Europe", Radisic was quoted as saying by the SRNA news agency.

Djokic listed as attempts to rewrite the accords "the idea of making one Bosnian nation and language, and also recently the idea of a common army, which endanger the basic interests of Serb people".

"Nothing that would lead to one people's domination over another people can possibly lead Bosnia towards a better future", Djokic added.

Serbs insist that the Dayton accords give their entity a large amount of autonomy, and oppose any attempts by the international community to try to strengthen the power of Bosnia's central institutions.

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