U.S. imposes sanctions on Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Dodik
18 Jan 2017

The United States imposed sanctions on Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik on Tuesday for actively obstructing efforts to implement the 1995 Dayton Accords that ended the more than three-year war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dodik is the president of Republika Srpska, the autonomous Bosnian Serb half of the country established by the agreements.

Once praised as a democratic reformer, Dodik oversaw the holding of a referendum in September on celebrating “The Day of Republika Srpska” on January 9 in defiance of a Constitutional Court ruling banning the vote for discriminating against non-Serbs.

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