Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has lauded Serbian Minister of Interior Aleksandar Vulin’s idea of creating a state to include all Serbs living in Southeast Europe.
Earlier this week, Vulin called earlier for the unification of all Serbs in the region under a “Serbian World”, a term reminiscent of Serbia’s policy of a “Greater Serbia”, which most recently motivated the country’s wars against Bosniaks, Croats, and Kosovo Albanians during the ‘90s.
Dodik, who has called before for the dissolution of the federal state of Bosnia and Herzegovina and for its Serb constituency to join Serbia, threw his full support behind Vulin’s idea.
He said the “Serbian World” “would not be directed against anyone,” but would be focused on “cooperation and preservation of Serbian national and cultural identity.”
“This has been done by many people before us, and no one has caused problems. But when Serbs come up with this idea, there is immediate noise and tensions rise,” Dodik said, according to Radio Free Europe.
On Sunday, Vulin stated that it was the task of this generation’s politicians to unite Serbs in one state, once it has strengthened its military and economy.
Despite calls from neighboring countries, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić refused to rebuke his interior minister’s repeated proposal for unification of Serb minorities who live in virtually each of the Western Balkan countries. He mentioned only that Serbia is “not interested in the borders of others”.