U.S. Treasury imposes sanctions on Serbian nationalist leader Dodik

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Posted: Jan 17, 2017 3:24 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Serbian nationalist leader Milorad Dodik on Tuesday for actively obstructing efforts to implement the Dayton Accords that ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995.

The sanctions imposed by the Office of Foreign Asset Control enable U.S. authorities to block access by Dodik, who is president of Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic, to any of his property or assets that are under U.S. jurisdiction.

"By obstructing the Dayton Accords, Milorad Dodik poses a significant threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina," said John Smith, acting director of OFAC. "Today's action underscores the U.S. commitment to the Dayton Accords."

(Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Walsh)