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Bosnia and Herzegovina's presidency chairman and SDA party leader Bakir Izetbegovic on Tuesday said that he would put forward a request to the country's Constitutional Court to ban a referendum, set for September 25, in which citizens in the Serb entity are expected to vote on whether to recognise a ruling by the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina that declared the marking of January 9 as that entity's day as unconstitutional.

"We should all comply with the constitution and respect government bodies,"Izetbegovic said in Sarajevo adding that referenda could not serve for contesting final and binding rulings of the Constitutional Court.

The referendum Bosnian Serb authorities plan to organise on September 25 will not be allowed in the territory of Brcko District, which is a separate territorial unit within Bosnia and Herzegovina, US diplomat Bruce Berton, who is the international community's supervisor for Brcko, decided recently, thus sending the first concrete warning that the vote, which is considered to be a breach of the Dayton peace agreement, will not be tolerated.

Regarding the issue of the referendum in the Serb entity, Bosnian Croat leader Dragan Covic was on Tuesday more reserved in his remarks, adding that court judgements should not be contested but also that referenda should not be banned.

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