Bosnia

Croat parents in Brcko District want their children to attend classes in Croatian

Parents of children attending a school in Gornja Skakava in Bosnia and Herzegovina's northeastern Brcko District have asked for reinstating a Croat teacher whose place was taken at the start of the second semester by a Bosniak teacher who does not teach children in the Croatian language.

Media: Bosnia, Serbia mending regional relations by restoring cooperation

The meeting and official talks between Bosnia and Herzegovina Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, held in Belgrade on Tuesday, are the first positive event in relations between the two countries after a long period of tension and stagnation, media in Bosnia and Herzegovina said on Wednesday, an assessment shared by State Presidency Chairman Mladen Ivanic.

Vucic, Zvizdic say Serbia, Bosnia committed to dialogue

Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are committed to dialogue and cooperation, and they can enhance their relations and improve economic and political cooperation, which will be conducive to peace and stability in the region, Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and his visiting counterpart from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdic, said at a joint news conference in Belgrade on Monday.

After Sarajevo, Arabs start buying real estate on Mt Vlasic

Nationals of Arab countries have started buying real estate on Mt Vlasic in central Bosnia in large numbers, which has resulted in a ten-fold increase in real estate prices in that area, the Sarajevo-based Dnevni Avaz daily reported on Tuesday.

Trial of the 'Butcher of Bosnia' nearing end

Ratko Mladic, whose war crimes trial reaches a climax next week, is a former Serb army commander whose brutish leadership during Bosnia's 1990s conflict was blamed for the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II, AFP reported.

Bosnia's Statehood Day marked in one half of the country

A half of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday observed the country's Statehood Day, November 25, which commemorates the 1943 session of the Anti-fascist Council of the People's Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ZAVNOBIH) at which foundations were laid for Bosnia and Herzegovina as a federal unit within the future joint Yugoslav state, and this fact once again revealed deep divisions in the country 20 years after the war.

Turkey asks BiH to take action against schools connected with Gulen

Turkish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Haldun Koc has reiterated that his government demands that Bosnian authorities impose a ban on all organisations and institutions which Ankara believes to be connected with Fethullah Gulen,  a Turkish preacher, former imam and political figure suspected of the botched coup attempt of 15 July 2016, the Sarajevo-based Dnevni Avaz daily wrote on Thursday.

Two Bosnian Army commanders arrested for war crimes

Two high-ranking members of the former Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina's 5th Corps have been arrested on war crimes charges, local media reported on Wednesday.  

Krsticevic: We expect war crimes to be prosecuted without discrimination or pressure

Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said on Wednesday that he expected the judicial authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to prosecute war crimes without discrimination or political pressure, while his Bosnian counterpart Marina Pendes said that there had been a selective approach in previous cases.

Sarajevo councillors strip teacher of award due to pressure from Turkey

The city council of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday stripped a math teacher, employed in the "Bosna-Sema" school within the Fethullah Gulen foundation, of an award he was given a month ago for his contribution to the educational system, due to pressure from Turkey.

Bosnia wartime interior minister remanded in custody on suspicion of fraud

Five persons, including wartime interior minister Alija Delimustafic, have been remanded in custody for 30 days on suspicion of fraud in real estate sales, Sarajevo Cantonal Court ruled on Monday.

Three Bosnian Serbs indicted for war crimes

The Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office said on Saturday it had indicted three Bosnian Serbs for war crimes committed against Bosniak civilians in the Prijedor area.

RS interior ministry denies filing new criminal reports against generals

A spokeswoman for the Bosnian Serb (RS) Ministry of the Interior on Friday denied that new reports had been submitted to the Bosnia and Herzegovina State Prosecutor's Office against Croatian and Bosnian Croat generals over war crimes committed against Serbs in 1995.

Croatian PM on alleged charges by Bosnian Serb entity: We have no fear

Plenkovic said that Croatian officials would hold talks with officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina and ensure protection of both national interests and the Croatian Army officers in question.

Croatian President sees events in Bosnia as attempt to intimidate Croats

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic would not comment on Friday on allegations of charges pressed in the Bosnian Serb entity against 16 Croatian generals because there was no official confirmation, but said she saw the "latest events" as an attempt to intimidate Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and make them emigrate.

Croatian FM: Info on Bosnia indictments to be released soon

Croatia's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Davor Ivo Stier, said on Friday that the government council for cooperation with international criminal courts would soon release information on alleged charges against Croatian and Bosnian Croat generals in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian wartime interior minister arrested for corruption

The Bosnian Federation entity police arrested in Sarajevo on Friday wartime interior minister Alija Delimustafic and former Bosniak wartime leader Alija Izetbegovic's bodyguard Juso Skrijelj in an operation which the Bosnian authorities are conducting with Croatia's Interior Ministry and anti-corruption office USKOK.

Bosnian Croat leader writes to EU, insists on amending election legislation

The Croat member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Covic, said in a letter to EU leaders on Thursday that the country's election law disempowered local Croats, calling for the enforcement of the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the Sejdic-Finci case after Presidency Chairman Bakir Izetbegovic stated a few days ago that it would not be possible to resolve the two matters soon.

Minister Medved to coordinate activities concerning war crimes prosecution in Bosnia

The cabinet of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday appointed War Veterans' Affairs Minister Tomo Medved the chair of the task force for coordinating activities Croatia intends to take in response to war crimes prosecutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina pertaining Croatian nationals. 

European Commission tells Bosnia to enable local elections in Mostar

The European Commission says in its key findings of the 2016 Report on Bosnia and Herzegovina that a Constitutional Court decision needs to be implemented as a matter of priority so that citizens of Mostar can exercise their democratic right to vote, as an election has not been held there since 2008.

CEDC pledges stronger support to Bosnia on its path to NATO and EU

The countries of the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) initiative, meeting in Sarajevo on Tuesday, pledged stronger support to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Euro-Atlantic integration processes and closer cooperation in preventing illegal migrations for the sake of stability in Southeast Europe.

Izetbegovic doubts status of Bosnian Croats will improve any time soon

The Chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, said in Brussels on Tuesday that he doubted that Bosnia and Herzegovina would change its legislation any time soon to improve the status of the Croats in the country and implement the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the Sejdic-Finci case, which allows members of ethnic minorities to run in elections for the highest offices in the country.

Plenkovic: I'm open to talks with all members of Bosnian Presidency

Prime Minister and HDZ party leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday that he was open to talks with all members of Bosnia and Herzegovina's collective state Presidency.

Covic: Orasje arrests are a political game against Croats and Croatia

The Croat member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, Dragan Covic, said on Sunday that it had been known for years that people who had played a role in the 1992-1995 war were being investigated at different levels of government in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the Bosnian Croat veterans arrested in Orasje last week.

Bosniak and Serb members of Bosnia's Presidency call for non-interference in judiciary's work

The Bosniak and Serb members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic and Mladen Ivanic respectively, on Thursday commented on strong negative reactions from Croatia following the arrest of ten Bosnian Croat veterans on suspicion that they had committed war crimes against Serbs in 1992, calling for non-interference in the work of the Bosnian judiciary.

List of documents sent to Serbian, Bosnian prosecutors to be ready soon

Justice Minister Ante Sprlje said on Thursday that an overview of the documents which Croatian institutions had forwarded to Serbian and Bosnian prosecutors would be finished in a few days, to be followed by an analysis of the damage done.

FM: Croatia adamant about pursuing its policy towards Bosnia

This is Croatia's strategic interest and we are ready to respond effectively to all challenges as a responsible member of the European Union and NATO, the Croatian minister said, adding that Zagreb is in permanent touch with its allies in the EU and NATO and that it has informed them of its concerns following the arrest of the former HVO members.

Bosnian court sets one month's detention for HVO members suspected of war crimes

The State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday set one month's detention for ten former members of the Bosnian Croat HVO forces arrested on Monday on suspicion of war crimes against Serbs.

Ex-Bosnian Serb official indicted for war crimes in Sarajevo area

The Bosnia and Herzegovina State Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday issued an indictment against former Bosnian Serb official Jovan Tintor for war crimes committed in the Sarajevo municipality of Vogosca.

HDZ, Bridge MPs call for protecting Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Members of Parliament from the ruling HDZ and Bridge parties on Wednesday expressed concern about the arrest of ten former members of Bosnian Croat forces in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, calling on Croatian state institutions to protect Croatian citizens in the neighbouring country and put an end to their legal insecurity.

Bosnian Croat leader says there's no progress in reform processes

The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is very worrying, with an evident government crisis, and in such a situation not even sincere friends like Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic can help much, the Croat member of the country's collective presidency, Dragan Covic, has said in an interview with the Dnevni Avaz daily.

Croatian ambassador in Sarajevo visits arrested ex-HVO members

Croatia's ambassador in Sarajevo on Tuesday visited the former members of the HVO Bosnian Croat forces suspected of war crimes against Serbs, saying that Croatia's next steps depended on whether they would be released on their own recognisance.

Croatia remains Bosnia's main trade partner

Croatia has remained Bosnia and Herzegovina's number one trade partner this year, with the exchange of commodities reaching EUR 1.33 billion over the first nine months, the Bosnian Foreign Trade Chamber said on Tuesday.

Croatia concerned over arrest of Bosnian Croat veterans

Croatia's Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MVEP) on Monday expressed concern over the arrest of ten Bosnian Croat war veterans in the northern Bosnia and Herzegovina town of Orasje and asked the country's authorities to allow the Croatian ambassador to visit the arrested men, who have dual Bosnian and Croatian citizenship.

7 Bosnians jailed for having joined Islamic State

Seven Bosnian men that fought for the terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) were on Monday given prison sentences ranging from one to three years at their trial before the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ten ex-Bosnian Croat fighters arrested on war crimes charges

Ten former members of the HVO Bosnian Croat forces from the Bosanska Posavina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina were arrested on Monday on the suspicion of war crimes against Serbs, the country's investigation and prosecutorial authorities have confirmed.

Izetbegovic: Croatian officials' claims about disadvantaged position of Bosnian Croats uninformed

Commenting on claims that Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina were in a disadvantaged position in relation to the other two constituent peoples, Bosniaks and Serbs, Izetbegovic said that they were not and that the number of Croat representatives in government structures far exceeded the share of the Croat people in the country's total population

Plenkovic: Croatia supports integral Bosnia, its European path

Croatia supports an integral Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) and its European path and intends to guarantee the equality of Croats in BiH, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Mostar on Saturday at the end of a two-day visit to BH.

Plenkovic will encourage Croatian investment in Bosnia

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Mostar on Friday that he would give his support to Bosnian Croat leaders for achieving equality with Bosniaks and Serbs, and announced that the Croatian government would encourage stronger investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

Plenkovic's meetings in Sarajevo reflect understanding and desire for greater cooperation

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Friday pledged support for efforts for achieving full equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina's peoples and citizens, Sarajevo Archbishop Cardinal Vinko Puljic said after meeting with Plenkovic in the Bosnian capital.

Plenkovic: Croatia will intensify cooperation with Bosnia

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Sarajevo on Friday at the start of a two-day official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina that the two countries would try to resolve their remaining outstanding issues, reiterating that Bosnia and Herzegovina could count on Croatia's full support in the European integration process.

Croatian PM: Time is ripe for Dayton upgrade

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic says that the time is ripe to upgrade the Dayton peace agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including amending the country's constitution and electoral legislation on its path towards EU membership and to ensure that the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina enjoy the same status as the other two constituent peoples in the country.

Croatian PM going to Bosnia with messages of support

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday he would give two key messages during his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) about Croatia's support to the country and to the Croats living there.

Plenkovic's visit to confirm Croatia-Bosnia partnership, says Zvizdic

 Croatia is a friend and important partner of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the visit which will be paid by the new Croatian premier to Sarajevo is expected to confirm the good bilateral relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina's Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said on Wednesday.

International community says Bosnian Serb entity is glorifying war criminals

Representatives of the international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday condemned the glorification by the Bosnian Serb authorities of convicted war criminals, saying that it was proof that the institutions and persons who did that did not share the values of democratic Europe.

Investigators question Serb entity referendum commission chair

The chairman of a commission which organised an unlawful referendum in the Bosnian Serb entity on September 25 was interviewed at the Office of the Chief State Prosecutor in Sarajevo as part of a previously launched investigation, and after the questioning he confirmed that he was a suspect in the case together with Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik.

Stier announces PM's visit Bosnia and Herzegovina

Because Bosnia and Herzegovina's European path is a priority in Croatia's foreign policy, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's first official visit will be to that country, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Tuesday.

Bosnia and Iran to strengthen economic ties

Bosnia and Herzegovina will strengthen economic ties with Iran and measures will follow to change the current strict visa regime and facilitate travel between the two countries, the Bosniak member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in Tehran on Tuesday.

Serb entity parliament marks 25th anniversary of self-styled assembly

The Bosnian Serb entity authorities on Monday organised an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of a self-styled assembly of Bosnian Serbs that attempted to prevent the declaration of Bosnia and Herzegovina's independence and its separation from the former Yugoslav federation, with Croat and Bosniak deputies boycotting the event and the entity parliament speaker describing today's Serb entity as a state.

Dodik to abandon EU path if Bosnian Serb entity sanctioned for referendum

The President of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Serb entity Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, on Friday threatened that the entity would abandon the country's European integration if the European Union attempts to introduce any penalties in the wake of the unconstitutional September referendum in the entity which questioned the authority of the Bosnian Constitutional Court.

Croatian FM says will inform EU colleagues of visit to Stolac

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac said in Luxembourg on Monday that he would brief his EU counterparts of his recent visit to the southern Bosnia and Herzegovina town of Stolac where local elections were interrupted over violent incidents.

EU regrets unlawful referendum in Bosnian Serb entity

European Union (EU) foreign ministers, meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, expressed regret over the unlawful referendum in the Serb entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina and called for an investigation into irregularities in recent state-wide local elections.  

AfD politician born in Bosnia under investigation

Police in Freiburg have searched the flat of Dubravko Mandic, a lawyer and politician of the right-populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, as part of an investigation of this Sarajevo native for insults, German media reported on Saturday.

U.S. ambassador in favour of gradual changes in Bosnia

U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maureen Elizabeth Cormack, says that her country strongly supports the Dayton Accords which Washington views as a basic guarantee for peace, and advocates gradual changes in Bosnia.

Serb candidate wins election for Srebrenica municipal head

Grujicic was in the lead also when ballots from polling stations in Srebrenica were counted, with more than 2,000 votes in the lead, however, the difference grew smaller as ballots from abroad and polling stations in other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina arrived.

Conference urges Bosnian gov't to implement reforms for EU membership

Participants in an international scientific conference in Mostar on Thursday called on the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to meet the necessary criteria and implement reforms as soon as possible so that the country could join the European Union and ensure a better life for its people.

Eurostat: Bosnia census results valid

The results of the first post-war census in Bosnia and Herzegovina conducted three years ago are valid and the entire process was conducted in compliance with international standards, and some deviations that occurred in subsequent checks do not question the accuracy of the whole data, Pieter Everaers, Director at Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, said in Sarajevo on Wednesday.

Bosnian Serb parliament adopts report on referendum, no decision on further steps

The parliament of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska on Tuesday adopted a report on the implementation of a referendum in the entity, held on 25 September, noting that the vote was successful and that a majority voted in favour of marking January 9 as Republika Srpska Day, but no decision was made regarding possible steps following the referendum.

Islamic index introduced by Sarajevo Stock Exchange

The Sarajevo Stock Exchange (SASE), in cooperation with Bosna Bank International, founded with capital from Islamic countries, has launched the SASE Islamic Index that will follow the trends in prices of shares of 25 companies operating on Bosnia and Herzegovina's market.

Still no decision on second municipal vote in Bosnian town

The Bosnian State Election Commission did not adopt any decision on Monday about a new vote in Stolac, which was stopped during local elections on October 2 due to violence.

Suspects interviewed over unconstitutional Bosnian Serb entity referendum

Two members of a commission which carried out an unconstitutional referendum in the Bosnian Serb entity on September 25 were interviewed at the Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office in Sarajevo on Monday, telling reporters afterwards that there had been nothing unlawful in the entire case.

Sarajevo audience 'protests' its way into theatre to watch Croatian director's play

The performance was earlier opposed by the Croatian cultural society "Napredak" and several Bosniak associations which claimed that the play offended the religious feelings of Catholics and Muslims.

Petrov, Kovac slam violence during Bosnian vote

Croatia's outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Bozo Petrov and Foreign Minister Miro Kovac visited Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Sunday and condemned an incident during local elections there last Sunday, when a Bosniak candidate for municipal head beat up two Croat members of the election commission, which led to voting in Stolac being stopped.

Bosnian authorities say Italian journalist "set up" scene of illegal arms purchase

Italian journalist Luigi Pelazza, who filmed a story on an illegal arms purchase in Bosnia and Herzegovina, "set up" the evidence to portray the country as a free market for supplying weapons to terrorists, according to the results of an investigation carried out by the State Prosecutor's Office and police announced in Sarajevo on Friday

Croatia to grant HRK 20 mln to Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac on Thursday signed an agreement on the financing of 65 programmes and projects of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, worth HRK 20 million.

Two nabbed in Sarajevo for arms trafficking

The investigation was conducted in cooperation with Bosnia's border police at the request of the state court, and the two men were apprehended after the police searched a building and found evidence.

Bosnian prosecution expanding probe into illegal Serb referendum

The Bosnian Serb broadcaster RTRS on Wednesday televised a copy of a subpoena sent to Petkovic to appear before the prosecution in Sarajevo on October 10.

Tensions flare in Bosnian hotspot Srebrenica after local polls

Bosnian Serb police said Wednesday that it took control over ballots in the ethnic hotspot of Srebrenica Wednesday amid tensions over the result of Sunday's local polls.

HDZ BiH leader satisfied with party results in Bosnia's local election

Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ BiH) leader Dragan Covic said on Monday that he was satisfied with the performance of his party in Sunday's local election but that frequent election cycles every two years were not a good solution for Bosnia and Herzegovina which was why he was in favour of holding local polls in parallel with general elections every four years.

National parties score convincing victories in Bosnia local elections

At Sunday's municipal elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, coalitions led by the leading national parties scored convincing victories, according to the first unofficial results released from campaign headquarters after 10 pm.

Voting in Stolac discontinued due to fight

Sunday's local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina were proceeding mostly without problems, but an incident was reported in the southern municipality of Stolac due to which voting there was discontinued, non-governmental election monitors and members of the Central Election Commission (SIP) confirmed.

Polling stations open for Bosnia's local elections

Polling stations opened in Bosnia and Herzegovina at 7 am on Sunday for local elections at which slightly more than 3.2 million registered voters have the right to elect new local authorities.

Minister: About 100 people who fought in Syria have returned to Bosnia

About 100 nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina have returned to that country after fighting on the side of Islamist terrorist groups in Syria and they pose a real security threat, Dragan Lukac, Minister of the Interior of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, was quoted by the local media on Saturday.  

More than 100 parties to run in Bosnia's local elections on Oct 2

Slightly more than 3.2 million registered voters will have the opportunity to elect new municipal and town councils as well as municipal heads and mayors in 141 communities, including Brcko District, in local elections to be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday, October 2.

Bosnia's chief prosecutor suspended for abuse of office

Goran Salihovic has been suspended as Bosnia and Herzegovina's chief prosecutor pending completion of disciplinary proceedings launched against him on suspicion of abuse of office and powers, the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council decided on Wednesday.

Dodik says will comply with summons, but not in Sarajevo

The President of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, on Tuesday said an investigation launched into him over an anti-constitutional referendum on the day of this entity was "a farce", adding however that he would comply with the summons for questioning, but not in Sarajevo, where his "life is in danger."

EP rapporteur criticises Russia for supporting Serb referendum

The European Parliament rapporteur on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dan Preda, has warned that Russia's support for the referendum organised by Bosnian Serb authorities last Sunday is a dangerous move because in that way Moscow is trying to drag Bosnia and Herzegovina into its own conflict with Europe.

NFCA proposes establishing Croat-majority entity in Bosnia

The National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) has proposed establishing a Croat-majority federal unit in Bosnia and Herzegovina to ensure equal status for Croats in that country, who are now in an inferior position to more numerous Bosniaks, according to a statement circulated to the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday.

Kovac: Partitioning or desintegration of Bosnia unacceptable to Croatia

The Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miro Kovac, said on Monday that Sunday's referendum in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska was in contravention of Bosnia and Herzegovina's constitution and that any attempts to break up Bosnia and Herzegovina were unacceptable to Croatia.

Dodik summoned for questioning over referendum

The president of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, has been summoned for questioning by the Bosnia and Herzegovina State Prosecutor's Office, as part of an investigation into organising an illegal referendum held in this entity on 25 September, the Banja Luka-based media reported on Monday.

Croatia considers RS referendum unacceptable

The Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs said on Monday that Croatia, as a signatory to the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, considered Sunday's referendum in Republika Srpska (RS) unacceptable and in violation of a ruling by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitutional Court.

Bosnian prosecution investigating Serb entity referendum

The Bosnian Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation into a Bosnian Serb entity referendum which breached the law and the constitution, and the persons responsible for organising it will be interrogated in the days ahead, the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) said in a press release on Monday.

Croatia, Russia underline imperative of Bosnia's survival

Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday underlined the importance of strengthening Croatian-Russian economic relations and, concerning the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the imperative of its survival, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

EC: Referendum unlawful, urges Bosnia sides to refrain from escalation

The European Commission reiterated on Monday that a referendum held in the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska on Sunday had no legal basis and called on all sides in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to refrain from moves which could lead to an escalation of the crisis.

Serb referendum: 99.81 pct vote 'yes'; Bosniaks say data forged

The turnout in Sunday's referendum in the Bosnian Serb entity, Republika Srpska (RS) was 55.75% and 99.91% voted "yes", the RS commission implementing the referendum said on Monday.

Bosnian Serbs vote in referendum for disputed entity holiday

Nearly all who went to the polls on Sunday in a disputed referendum on the Bosnian Serb entity's controversial official holiday voted for keeping marking 9 January as the entity's holiday, according to returns from 71% of polling stations.

Bosnian Serbs defy authorities and the West with banned referendum

Bosnia's Srpska Republic on Sunday defied the country’s authorities and the West by voting in a referendum banned by the Constitutional court and condemned by both the European Union and United States.

Referendum: Nearly 100% of Bosnian Serbs for keeping observing 9 Jan as holiday

Nearly all who went to the polls in a disputed referendum on the Bosnian Serb entity's official holiday voted for keeping marking 9 January as the entity's holiday, according to returns from a third of polling stations.

Bosniak leader: Dodik to face consequences of unlawful referendum

Bosnia and Herzegovina's collective presidency chairman, Bakir Izetbegovic, who is the Bosnian Muslim leader, said on Sunday that Bosnian Serb entity president Milorad Dodik and others engaged in the holding of the unlawful referendum on the entity's holiday would have to face the consequences of that "anti-constitutional and illegal act".

Turnout at disputed Serb referendum exceeds necessary threshold

Some 625,000 people went to the polls until 1700 hrs Sunday for a disputed referendum which the Bosnian Serb leadership organised despite the country's Constitutional Ccurt ban, and thus before the closing of polling stations set for 1900 hrs, the number of voters that turned out for the referendum exceeded the threshold of 50%.

Slovenia sorry to see Bosnian Serbs holding referendum

Slovenia's Foreign Ministry on Saturday evening issued a statement to express concern over the Bosnian Serb leadership's insistence on a disputed referendum despite a ban from the  Sarajevo-based Constitutional Court.

Serb entity conducting referendum despite court ban

Polling stations throughout the Serb-dominated areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina opened at 7 am Sunday for a referendum vote on whether residents of the Serb entity are in favour of celebrating the entity day on 9 January, despite the state-level Constitutional Court's decision to declare the holiday illegal and despite the court's recent ban on the referendum.

Bosnian Serbs hold controversial referendum

Bosnia's Srpska Republic is set to vote Sunday on a controversial referendum that could spark renewed conflict between Serbs and other ethnic groups.

Croatian FM for defusing tensions in Bosnia

Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said on Friday that tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) should be defused and that any referendums which brought BiH's survival into question were unacceptable to Croatia.

Bosnian Serb entity referendum to be held Sunday, situation increasingly tense

A referendum will be held in the Serb-dominated part of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday in which voters in that entity will decide whether they want January 9 to continue to be marked as an entity holiday, and referendum plans have caused the biggest political crisis in the country since the end of the war in 1995, eliciting warnings about possible armed conflicts.

Putin disinterested in Serb entity referendum

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin supported efforts to maintain stability in the Western Balkans as well as the Dayton peace agreement, but that they did not have any special discussions about a referendum to be held in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska on September 25.

Officials: Croatia supports Bosnia and Herzegovina's sovereignty

Croatia does not support any action that would jeopardise the survival of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said on Thursday in a comment on a referendum to be held in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS) on September 25.

EU rep in Bosnia says Serb entity referendum unnecessary

The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, reiterated on Thursday that a referendum which Bosnian Serb leaders plan to hold on Sunday was unnecessary and called for defusing the tensions and avoiding incendiary rhetoric.

HDZ leader against Bosnian Serb entity referendum

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday he was against a referendum on Republika Srpska (RS) Day scheduled for Sunday because it could lead to a referendum on the Bosnian Serb entity's secession from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

European court dismisses case against UN peacekeepers at Srebrenica

A case claiming three UN peacekeepers were criminally responsible in the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica was dismissed by the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday.