U.S. urges Bosnian Serb leader to halt secessionist rhetoric

A top U.S. diplomat on Thursday warned the Bosnian Serb leader that his threats to secede from Bosnia could lead to economic isolation of the Serbs who account for nearly a third of Bosnia’s population.

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At a news conference on Thursday, Dodik said secession is something that “will happen” because Bosnia is not functioning, but told reporters “we have no plan.”

Dodik has long called for secession and recently said Bosnian Serbs would withdraw from the country’s joint military.

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