RS independence referendum "to be discussed at later date"
Serb Republic (RS) President Milorad Dodik, said on Sunday he had abandoned plans to hold the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina's "independence referendum."
Beta reported this, noting that Dodik, who is also the leader of the SNSD party, the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, said the referendum on the the status of the RS "would be discussed at a later date, unless some extreme conditions were created to make it possible."
"As a responsible political party, taking into account international circumstances and a lack of consensus within the RS - since it's impossible to secure consensus on any issue with the members of the (opposition) Alliance for Changes - the SNS thinks the issue should be considered at a later date," he said in the town of Bijeljina, where the party held a two-day conference.
Beta noted in its report that in 2015, the SNSD Assembly passed a declaration "heralding a referendum on RS independence in 2018, which was strongly criticized by the international community." [Define «international community» and who it includes.]
Dodik now "underlined that the referendum on the entity's status has been postponed for later, lest it created a rift within its society." [Create a rift for who?]