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The announcement from Serbia that its delegation led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will attend a ceremony marking the Serb entity's Special Day on 9 January, which has been declared contrary to Bosnia and Herzegovina's Constitution, prompted Bosnian politician Bakir Izetbegovic to wonder if Serbia is ready to pursue a policy of peace and mutual respect.

Izetbegovic says in a statement posted on the web site of his party -- the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) - that the announcement of the arrival of a delegation of Serbia's government in Banja Luka for the celebration of 9 January which the Bosnian Serb entity marks as its Special Day contrary to the constitution, contradicts attempts by Vucic to renounce "the stubborn Serbian policy that caused the collapse of a state (socialist Yugoslav federation)  and atrocious wars 25 years ago."

The SDA official and a member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina tripartite presidency accuses the current Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik of being the strong proponent of that policy.

During Dodik's recent visit to Belgrade, Vucic has said that he will be in Banja Luka on 9 January to attend ceremonies marking the Special Day of that entity, despite a ruling made by the Bosnia Constitutional Court declaring the holiday unconstitutional.

The Serb entity's parliament was also given a six-month deadline to adjust its law on holidays to the country's Constitution, however, the local Serb authorities have decided to turn a deaf ear to the ruling.

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