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Talks of Bosnia and Herzegovina breakup exaggerated - Russian ambassador

February 12, 2017, 1:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The diplomat said such rumors are circulated to intentionally create tensions in the country and distract the people and the global community from pressing problems

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MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. The rumors of possible disintegration of Bosnia and Herzegovina are an exaggeration intended to fuel tensions and distract attention from real problems, Russia’s ambassador to the country, Petr Invantsov, said.

"In my opinion the rumors of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s ‘disintegration’ are not just an exaggeration, they are often circulated with the purpose to intentionally create tensions in the country in order to distract the local population and the international community from truly important problems of social and economic development, security and radicalization," the Russian diplomat said.

He said that those rumors are often linked to the referendums in Republika Srpska.

"Let me reassure you: the authorities of the Republika Srpska are fully committed to implementing the Dayton agreement, they do not question its principles and actively promote them, acting solely according to the principles of democracy and within the local legal framework," Ivantsov said.

He said that the 1995 Dayton accord that ended the Bosnian war has always been criticized by certain forces.

"Bosnia and Herzegovina functions on the basis of a valid international legal document that contains all necessary basic principles. We, as one of the guarantors of this peace agreement, support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovnia, the decentralization of the decision-making system, the basic rules of equality, compromise and consensus between the peoples that make up the state," the diplomat said.

The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, also known as the Dayton Agreement, came into force immediately after being signed in Paris on December 14, 1995 to end a three-year-long conflict between the Muslim, Croatian and Serbian communities. The guarantors of the agreement are the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

In line with the BiH constitution, which is a part of the Dayton agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina, while remaining a single state with the capital in Sarajevo, was divided into two entities - the Muslim-Croatian Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina (51% of the territory) and the Serb-populated Republika Srpska (49% of the territory).

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