The police of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS) will continue cooperating with the judicial bodies of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA), Bosnia and Herzegovina Security Minister Dragan Mektic confirmed after a crisis lasting several days and increased tensions caused by decisions of the Serb entity's government and parliament to stop cooperating with Bosnia and Herzegovina's Court and Office of the Chief State Prosecutor.

"I believe that we have agreed that the cooperation between the RS police and SIPA and all the other state authorities will continue. That is the most important thing and in the interests of all citizens," Mektic was quoted by the Dnevni Avaz daily on Monday.

On Sunday evening Mektic met in Banja Luka behind closed doors with RS Minister of the Interior Dragan Lukac and RS police director Gojko Vasic. The meeting was also attended by SIPA director Perica Stanic.

After the meeting, it was briefly stated that agreement had been reached that the existing agreement regulating the cooperation of police agencies should be "elaborated and precisely defined."

It was also stated that such an elaborated agreement should be signed by Stanic and Vasic by the end of this week.

The RS government and parliament last week condemned a SIPA operation in Bosanski Novi in which five Bosnian Serb war crimes suspects were arrested and the local police station was searched for evidence.

This prompted the Bosnian Serb authorities to discontinue cooperation with SIPA and the state judiciary, and the entity ministry of the interior received an instruction to prevent SIPA staff from entering any of the entity authorities' offices.

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