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    Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the court of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague, the Netherlands March 24, 2016

    Karadzic Sentencing May Cast Doubts on Future of Republika Srpska

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    The sentencing of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic earlier Thursday could call into question the existence of the Republika Srpska region in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said.

    BELGRADE (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Karadzic was found guilty of 10 of 11 counts of crimes against humanity, breaching the laws or customs of war and genocide for his role in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced him to 40 years in prison.

    "This sentencing cannot and does not have the right to influence the future of Republika Srpska, therefore I am calling on all political representatives of the Serbian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially Republika Srpska, to fight for their republic and people, whose future could be call into question by this sentence," Nikolic said in a statement.

    The Bosnian War erupted between Bosnian Muslims, Serbs and Croats when Bosnia and Herzegovina announced its secession from Yugoslavia in 1992. The war claimed the lives of over 100,000 people, and forced more than two million people from their homes.

    The Republika Srpska is an administrative entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was established in 1995 following the war.

    Karadzic, 70, became the most high-profile defendant after the death of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in 2006 before his trial concluded.

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