Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska, the Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, opened a new student dormitory in Pale, just southeast of Sarajevo, on Sunday. The facility is named after Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, who is in the custody of the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague awaiting a verdict on war crimes and genocide charges.
"With this move we give our support to the man who put his signature for the construction of the university in East Sarajevo. We hope that the outcome of the trial will be satisfactory. I am glad that his wife and daughter are here, because he deserves it," Dodik said.
The plaque bearing the name of Radovan Karadzic was unveiled by Dodik, Kardzic's wife Ljiljana Zelen Karadzic and daughter Sonja Karadzic Jovicevic.
Dodik said that the trial of Radovan Karadzic was "humiliating for Republika Srpska."
"Republika Srpska has lived all these years in impossible conditions, denied from the very beginning, because there have always been many who never wanted it to exist," Dodik said, adding that pressure on Republika Srpska would continue.
On March 24, the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is set to deliver a verdict against Karadzic for genocide committed at Srebrenica in 1995 and other war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-1995 war.
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