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    A street named after Russia’s late UN envoy Vitaly Churkin may soon appear in the heart of the Serbian-majority region in Bosnia, a Serbian lawmaker told Sputnik on Monday.

    BELGRADE (Sputnik) — The proposal to rename a street in Republika Srpska’s largest city Banja Luka as a tribute to Churkin for his blocking of a controversial UN vote on the Srebrenica massacre was initiated by the city’s parliament member, Marinko Dragisic, at a request by the local community.

    "Vitaly Churkin’s name will go down in the history of the Serbian people. Naming a street in his honor is the least we can do to thank him for standing up for us in difficult times," Dragisic said.

    The Russian diplomat passed away in February a day before turning 65. In 2015, he vetoed a UN draft resolution that sought to recognize the 1995 killing of some 8,000 Muslims by a Bosnian Serb army as genocide. Churkin explained this could have deepened divisions inside Bosnia, made up of a Christian Serbian and a Muslim Bosniak entities.

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