Serbia’s Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic, said on Tuesday that President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will meet Bosnian Serb leaders on Thursday to discuss the planned referendum there after it was condemned by the Peace Implementation Council, PIC.

 

Beograd, 14.07.2016. - Mandatar za sastav Vlade Srbije Aleksandar Vucic i predsednik Republike Srpske Milorad Dodik odrzali su konferenciju za novinare po zavrsetku danasnjeg sastanka u Vladi Srbije. (BETAPHOTO/KANCELARIJA ZA SARADNJU SA MEDIJIMA VLADE SRBIJE/SLOBODAN MILJEVIC/DS)

 

The PIC is the international body charged with implementing the 1995 Dayton peace agreement for Bosnia.

 

Dacic said talks would concern the position announced earlier on Tuesday by PIC against holding the referendum and “the current situation in general.

 

“Measures have been agreed on and will be undertaken, and are already being undertaken, to protect our national and state interests, so that people can rest assured that security will not be compromised in the country and, we hope, in the region,” Dacic said.

 

Nikolic convened an urgent meeting in Belgrade on Tuesday after the PIC said it was “advising the Republika Srpska not to hold the referendum, and would not tolerate any violation of the Dayton peace accords, including a secession attempt.”

 

Announcing the referendum last November, Dodik said that citizens of the entity should have a chance to decide whether they support the court’s decision – and whether January 9 should continue to be celebrated as the Day of Republika Srpska.

 

The referendum is due to be held on September 25.