Bosnia and Herzegovina

100th anniversary of rescuing starving children marked

A special ceremony was held in Zagreb's Croatian National Theatre on Wednesday to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest humanitarian undertakings in the history of the Croatian people which saved children in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina from famine in the last two years of World War I.

Bosnia's counsel travels to The Hague to apply for review of genocide judgement against Serbia

Bosnia and Herzegovina's legal representative before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Sakib Softic, left for The Hague on Wednesday and is expected to submit a request on Friday for a review of an ICJ judgement delivered in 2007 acquitting the former Social Republic of Yugoslavia, present-day Serbia as its successor, of genocide in Srebrenica.

11 Bosnian citizens wanted by Interpol for terrorism

Acting on a request by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for a national of that country, Amir Dzinic, for links to the terrorist organisation Islamic State, Bosnian media said on Wednesday.

Bosnia Council of Ministers blocked due to motion to review Serbia's genocide acquittal

A meeting of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina that was to be held on Tuesday has been cancelled at the request of the Serb ministers, further deepening the political crisis in that country following announcements that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would be requested to review its judgement of Bosnia's suit against Serbia for genocide.

Croatia remains Bosnia's biggest trade partner in 2016

Croatia is still the most important foreign trade partner to Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to figures released by the BiH Chamber of Foreign Trade which show that in 2016 the two countries' trade had gone up.

Izetbegovic hopes ICJ will confirm Serbia's responsibility for genocide

The Bosniak member of the tripartite presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, on Monday rejected criticism stirred up by the announcement that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would be requested to review its judgement made after Bosnia sued Serbia for genocide.

Wigemark says election legislation amendments of utmost importance for Bosnia

Wigemark said that amending the election legislation and continuing the process for joining the EU were the most important political processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Bosnian Serb officials slam request for review of ICJ's decision against Serbia

The Chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina collective Presidency, Mladen Ivanic, said on Saturday there was no chance for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to accept the request to review the 2007 ruling against Serbia for aggression and genocide, warning however that the decision to submit such a request had resulted in a dangerous situations and a crisis with immeasurable consequences.

Bosnian Serb politicians slam review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

Bosnian Serb politicians on Friday strongly responded to the announcement by Bosnian Presidency Bosniak member Bakir Izetbegovic that proceedings would be launched before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to review a ruling against Serbia, accusing him of undermining the Dayton peace agreement and unlawful behaviour.

Stolac to repeat local election Sunday, Bosniaks set to boycott voting

Preparations for the repeating of elections for local government in Bosnia and Herzegovina's southern municipality of Stolac have been finished, and the voting will be held on Sunday  as planned.

Bosnia Islamic community leader says no people in Bosnia should be a minority

The head of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Reis Husein Kavazovic, has said that nobody can be happy with the unstable situation in the country, adding however that Bosnia remains the homeland of all peoples living there, including the Croats whom politicians must not treat as a minority, the Sarajevo-based Oslobodjenje daily wrote on Friday.

Bosnia parliament blocked over possible review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

Serb deputies at the House of Representatives of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Parliament on Thursday failed to show up for a previously scheduled session in line with their previous announcement that they would block decision-making in the state parliament until the issue of a request for a review of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in Bosnia and Herzegovina's genocide and aggression lawsuit against Serbia was resolved.

Saudi ambassador wants Bosnia to enable foreigners to buy property

Saudi Arabian Ambassador Hani bin Abdullah Muminah has called on Bosnian authorities to amend legislation to enable foreigners to buy real estate in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Dnevni Avaz daily said on Thursday.

EP adopts resolution on Bosnia's progress which calls for federalism

The European Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution on the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016, which calls for respect for the principles of federalism, decentralisation and full equality of the country's constituent peoples and all citizens.

Harsher penalties for traffic offences go into force in Bosnia and Herzegovina

An amended traffic safety law entered into force in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday envisaging draconian fines for offenders who drive under the influence or at excessive speed.

Most MEPs endorse draft report on Bosnia

A majority of members of the European Parliament, who on Tuesday evening participated in a discussion on a draft progress report on Bosnia and Herzegovina prepared by EP rapporteur Cristian Dan Preda, described the document as a well-balanced report that points out the changes which that EU aspirant should make while abiding by the principles of federalism, decentralisation and full equality of the three constituent peoples.

Izetbegovic lobbying against federalisation in EP resolution on Bosnia

The Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Bakir Izetbegovic, held talks in Strasbourg on Tuesday with European People's Party (EPP) officials, saying he was against mentioning federalisation in a resolution on BiH's progress because it might encourage demands for dividing the country on the ethnic principle.

HDZ: Croatia won't allow intimidation of Croats in Bosnia

The deputy leader of Croatia's ruling HDZ party, Milijan Brkic, and the leader of Bosnia and Herzegovina's HDZ, Dragan Covic, visited the southern Bosnian town of Stolac on Monday ahead of a repeat of municipal elections next Sunday.

Bosnian courts deliver over 300 guilty verdicts in war crimes cases

Since the end of the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country's courts have delivered over 300 guilty verdicts for war crimes, and many reported cases still await processing as at least 6,000 people are under investigation, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) says, citing data gathered by the country's High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council.

SDA calls on EPP not to support Bosnia's federalisation

The Party of Democratic Action (SDA), a member of the ruling coalition in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has called on the European Parliament to throw out of its draft resolution parts calling for the federalisation of the country, incorporated at the request of Croatian MEPs.

Bosnian Serb jailed for life for Srebrenica atrocities dies in Germany

Bosnian Serb Ljubisa Beara, who was serving a life sentence for atrocities against Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, died in a prison in Berlin on Friday, media outlets in Bosnia and Herzegovina reported.

Bosnia to decide next week on possible motion for review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

Bosnia and Herzegovina will decide next week on whether it will file a motion with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for review of the ruling on its suit against Serbia for military aggression and genocide.

Exhibition on int. community's failure to prevent Srebrenica atrocities staged

A new museum with artefacts and material about the conduct and the role of the UN-led Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the summer of 1995 when the Srebrenica enclave fell into the hands of Serb forces was opened on Thursday within the Potocari Memorial Centre, which is dedicated to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim victims killed by troops led by Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic.

OSCE: Revision of ruling against Serbia for genocide, aggression in Bosnia would cause new crisis

The head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jonathan Moore, has told a Sarajevo daily that Bosnia and Herzegovina's filing a new lawsuit against Serbia for aggression and genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would only worsen the situation in the country and the rest of the region and that it was unlikely to change a 2007 verdict that acquitted Serbia of the charges.

Bosnian PM says unpleasantly surprised by Petrov's denial, Petrov responds

Bosnia and Herzegovina Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said on Wednesday that he was "unpleasantly surprised" by Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov's denying that at his talks with Bosnia and Herzegovina's top officials on Tuesday, he explicitly opposed the establishment of new entities in that country, Zvizdic's office said.

Petrov says Bosnia priority of Croatia's foreign policy

Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov announced in Sarajevo on Tuesday the continuation of Croatia's full support for Bosnia and Herzegovina's efforts to preserve its stability and territorial integrity as well as its aspirations to joint Euro-Atlantic associations.

Bosnian given 4 yrs for joining Islamic State

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday sentenced Bosnian national Mehmed Tutmic to four years in prison after he was found guilty of joining the Islamic State terrorist organisation, the court confirmed.

Trial for Srebrenica war crimes starts in Belgrade

A trial of eight members of the Special Brigade of the Bosnian Serb entity Interior Ministry, indicted for war crimes against Bosniak civilians in Srebrenica, started before the Special War Crimes Court in Belgrade on Monday.

Croatian MEP: Federalism solution for BiH, unclear concept of third entity damaging

Multi-ethnic countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina can be successfully built on federal principles, but forcing the establishment of a third entity makes no sense without a clearly defined idea of what a third entity would mean in territorial terms and without the support of all political stakeholders in the country, Croatian MEP Jozo Rados told the Sarajevo-based Oslobodjenje daily on Monday.

Reis Kavazovic: Terrorists will be defeated, but what after that

The defeat of those who are carrying out terror in the name of Islam is definitely certain, however, there are reasons to fear, in the current world imbued with hatred and prejudices, of what will fill the space that has been so far occupied by terrorist groups, the head of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Reis Husein Kavazovic, has said in an interview for the FENA news agency of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Trump administration upholds sanctions against Dodik

The new US administration has upheld the sanctions against Bosnian Serb entity President Milorad Dodik, imposed in January for obstructing the Dayton Peace Agreement and organising an illegal referendum last September, according to an updated list which the US Department of the Treasury published on Tuesday.

Catholic dignitary says Church, HDZ BiH can't agree on basic issues

To illustrate his claim, he said that the last census showed that around 220,000 Croats live in Herzegovina, while 320,000 live in the area geographically termed Bosnia. The latter received only 15% of last year's government funding intended for various cultural projects, worth around 380,000 euros, while the rest was allocated to communities in Herzegovina, he said.

Bosnian FM says no referendum on Serb entity's separation

Bosnian Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak said on Thursday there would be no referendum on Republika Srpska's secession from Bosnia and Herzegovina, but stressed that speculation that it could happen worried the international community, including the UN.

NATO secretary general: Strong institutions best protection from Russia's influence in Balkans

NATO is aware of Russia's attempts to spread its strategic influence to the Balkans and the best protection from meddling in interior affairs of countries in the region is to advance their democratic institutions and capacities for coping with security challenges, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Sarajevo on Thursday.

Croatia, Bosnia lay new foundations for security cooperation

Croatian Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic and Bosnia and Herzegovina Security Minister Dragan Mektic announced in Sarajevo on Thursday the strengthening of cooperation in the fight against organised crime, terrorism and illegal migration prevention, saying that the time had come to lay new foundations for the two countries' relations on the security front.

Wigemark: Plans about new entities or seccession in Bosnia impossible to implement

All those talking about the creation of new entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina or the secession of parts of its territory pose a threat to the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity and that must stop because such plans are impossible to implement and talking about it directly harms ordinary people, the head of the Delegation of the European Union in the country, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, said in an interview with the Banja Luka-based Nezavisne Novine daily.

Exports of Croatian food products to Bosnia possible again

A protocol to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) enabling the duty-free export of Croatian food and agricultural products to BiH is applied as of February 1, and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) expects this to increase trade between the two countries.

Draft resolution on Bosnia calls for respecting principles of federalism

The European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday adopted a draft resolution on the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) which calls for implementing the changes necessary for the creation of a functional state by respecting the principles of federalism, decentralisation and full equality of the constituent peoples and citizens.

Bosnian court upholds indictment against ten Bosnian Croat soldiers

The Court of Bosnia in Herzegovina on Tuesday upheld an indictment against retired Croat general Djuro Matuzovic and nine other officers and soldiers of the Croat Defence Council (HVO) forces charged with war crimes in the northern Posavina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It is uncertain if Bosnia will ask for review of ICJ ruling in genocide suit against Serbia

Bosnia and Herzegovina's legal representative before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Sakib Softic, has said that he does not intend to initiate, on how own, a review of the court's 2007 ruling in the case of Sarajevo's lawsuit against the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, that is its successor Serbia, for aggression and genocide, stressing that such a decision needs to be made by relevant authorities.

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.

Ruling Serb party says Covic's proposal impracticable in Serb entity

The biggest Bosnian Serb party that is a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's ruling coalition on Saturday dismissed a proposal by Dragan Covic, leader of the Croat HDZ BiH party, for a new territorial make-up of the country, saying that the proposal was impracticable in the Serb entity and calling for compliance with the Dayton peace agreement, which ended the war in the country in 1995.

Bosnian Croat leader hails federalisation, says current make-up hampers integration with EU

Covic said local politicians would have to resolve the issue of the country's territorial make-up in 2017 because it impeded the country's development and integration with the EU.

Bosnian PM says call for federalisation would prompt new ethnic divisions

A European Parliament resolution insisting on the federalisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is unacceptable because it would prompt new ethnic divisions in the country, Bosnia and Herzegovina Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said in Sarajevo on Friday after meeting with the European Parliament's rapporteur on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dan Preda.

BAT taking over Sarajevo tobacco factory

British American Tobacco (BAT) will take over Bosnia and Herzegovina's Fabrika Duhana Sarajevo (FDS) and will continue producing local and regional cigarette brands, representatives of BAT and Austria's CID Adriatic Investments fund announced in Sarajevo on Thursday. 

Bosnia Serb and Croat leaders seek to change Const. Court setup

Dragan Covic, the Croat member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, and Milorad Dodik, the president of the country's Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS), said on Thursday they would continue their close cooperation and would encourage amendments to the law on the Constitutional Court.

Dodik, Krajisnik glorify creation of Bosnian Serb entity

Convicted war criminal Momcilo Krajisnik and Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik unveiled in Banja Luka on Wednesday a memorial plaque honouring Nikola Koljevic, the wartime vice president of RS, the Bosnian Serb entity.

Ivanic: Situation in Bosnia "very grave", ruling coalition not functioning

Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Chairman Mladen Ivanic, who is the Serb representative in the tripartite body, on Wednesday warned that the situation in his country is "very grave," underscoring the need for the multi-party ruling coalition to undertake more resolute measures to change the situation and embark on vital reforms.

EP Foreign Affairs Committee warns of rising tensions in W. Balkans

Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday expressed concern over rising tensions and incendiary rhetoric in southeast Europe and appealed for measures to prevent the situation from turning into something worse.

Bosnia Presidency chair suspected of disrepecting Cons. Court ruling

Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Chairman Mladen Ivanic, who is the Serb representative in the tripartite body, was questioned on Tuesday by prosecutorial authorities as part of a probe into events commemorating the controversial Republika Srpska (RS) Day on January 9.

Croatian officials pledge support for Croats to return to Bosnian Serb entity

State-Secretary in the State Office for Croats Abroad and State-Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Zvonko Milas and Zdravka Busic respectively visited Banja Luka on Monday and met with local Croat representatives and of the Catholic church in Republika Srpska (RS) and announced the continuation of support for displaced Croats to return to their pre-war homes in that Serb entity, a press statement issued on Tuesday said.

Bosnia bothered by question if Serb entity's PM and Dodik wife were at Trump inauguration?

The prime minister in the Serb-populated entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zeljka Cvijanovic, and the entity president Milorad Dodik's wife Snjezana took a photo of themselves outside Captiol Hill during the inauguration of America's new president Donald Trump on Friday, and sent it to media in a bid to persuade the public in Bosnia and Herzegovina that they had attended the ceremony.

Bosnian Presidency chair suspected over Serb entity referendum

The Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office said on Thursday that three Serb officials, Presidency Chairman Mladen Ivanic, Foreign Minister Mirko Sarovic, and Serb entity Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic, were suspected for organising an unlawful referendum on the day of the entity, Republika Srpska.

Bosnian foreign minister says Dodik's attacks on US ambassador unreasonable

Bosnia and Herzegovina Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak on Thursday dismissed as unreasonable calls by Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik to declare US Ambassador Maureen Cormack a persona non grata after the US administration imposed sanctions against Dodik.

U.S. Ambassador: Sanctions imposed on Dodik due to his secessionist intentions

Sanctions imposed on Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik have become unavoidable because of his secessionist aspirations and unrelenting violations of the Dayton Peace Accords, the U.S Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Maureen Cormack,  said on Wednesday.

Security minister warns situation in Bosnia "drastically complicated"

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Minister of Security Dragan Mektic on Wednesday warned that the situation in his country was becoming "drastically" complicated and that all available measures need to be urgently taken to prevent the spreading of a warmongering rhetoric, adding that Republika Srpska (RS) president Milorad Dodik was the most to blame for this situation.

Dodik lashes out at US ambassador, expects Trump's support

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik on Wednesday lashed out at the US Ambassador in Sarajevo, Maureen Cormack, saying that she was the only one to blame for his being placed on the US black list of persons responsible for violating the Dayton peace agreement.

Bosnian media: Dodik "finally" under sanctions

The news that Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik has been placed under US sanctions for defying rulings of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Constitutional Court made the headlines in all the dailies in the country on Wednesday, saying that this move could have far-reaching consequences.

US imposes sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader for obstructing Dayton agreement

The United States has imposed sanctions on Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik for obstructing the Dayton peace agreement which ended the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the US Embassy in Sarajevo confirmed in a statement circulated to media on Tuesday evening.

Sarajevo public transport company forced to sell trams to cover debt

The Sarajevo public transport company whose acronym is GRAS is facing the downsizing of its fleet by 36 vehicles that are likely to be put on sale at a public auction scheduled for Wednesday, in a bid to reduce its debt.

Bosnian PM to meet his Serbian counterpart in Belgrade next week

Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic is to travel to Belgrade next week for talks with Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, government sources in Sarajevo confirmed on Monday.

ICTY prosecution appeal seeks life imprisonment for Karadzic

The Office of the Prosecutor of the war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has requested life imprisonment for Bosnian Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic, who was sentenced to 40 years for genocide and war crimes pending appeal, Belgrade's electronic media reported on Friday.

HSK calls for establishment of Croat federal unit in Bosnia

The Croatian World Congress (HSK) has called on Bosnian Croat politicians to encourage, with Croatia's support, constitutional changes which would lead to the establishment of a Croat federal unit against Serb separatism and Bosniak unitarism which, according to the HSK, prevent the least numerous people in Bosnia and Herzegovina from being equal to the other two constituent peoples.

Freezing cold claims six lives in Bosnia

Freezing cold in Bosnia and Herzegovina has claimed two more lives thus bringing the number of deaths caused by extreme cold to six, the local media reported on Wednesday.

Probe launched into soldiers' line-up at prohibited Banja Luka ceremony

The Defence Ministry of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday opened an official investigation into the deployment of a dozens of servicemen of the country's army in a controversial ceremony marking the Serb entity day, January 9, in Banja Luka, despite an explicit ban issued by the ministry last week.

Bosniak presidency member announces investigation into Banja Luka troop review

The Bosniak member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, on Monday announced an investigation into the review of the country's army personnel in Banja Luka as part of the unconstitutional Republika Srpska Day celebrations, adding that all those who violated the law would be punished.

Opposition: Banja Luka troop review tantamount to coup

The review of Bosnia and Herzegovina Army personnel in Banja Luka as part of celebrations of the unconstitutional Republika Srpska Day is tantamount to a coup and requires an immediate and resolute response, Bosnia and Herzegovina's three largest opposition parties said in a joint statement on Monday.

Parade held in Banja Luka to celebrate self-proclaimed Republika Srpska Day

Several hundred Bosnian Serb police officers, firemen, civil protection personnel and war veterans paraded through central Banja Luka on Monday as part of ceremonies marking January 9 as Republika Srpska Day.

Observing Serb entity's day reflects escalation of tensions in Bosnia, Stier says

Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Monday the marking of Republika Srpska Day, contrary to a Bosnian Constitutional Court ruling, reflected the escalation of tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dodik: No one can keep RS in today's Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina will be able to survive only if all powers given to it as a state two decades ago are returned to its two entities, the President of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS), Milorad Dodik, said on Monday before the start of ceremonies marking January 9, the day of the Serb entity, which the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has declared unconstitutional.

Bosniaks will mark Serb entity day by remembering Srebrenica genocide victims

Members of associations of families of Bosniaks killed in the Srebrenica genocide in 1995 will gather at the memorial centre in Potocari, eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Monday to express their dissatisfaction with the marking of January 9 as the day of Republika Srpska (RS), BiH's Serb entity.

Dodik accuses NATO of interfering in Bosnia's internal matters

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik accused NATO on Sunday of conspiracy against Serbs and said Bosnian Serbs would resolutely oppose attempts to make Bosnia and Herzegovina join the alliance.

Dodik says isn't scrapping idea of Bosnian Serb entity's independence

Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik has said he will not give up the idea of the Serb entity's separation from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and that this project will be realised when conditions are met, Bosnian media reported on Friday.

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.

Republika Srpska gov't proclaims Jan 9 entity public holiday

The government of Republika Srpska (RS), the Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has adopted a decision proclaiming January 9 as a public holiday in the entity, the RS Ministry of Labour and Local Self-Government confirmed on Tuesday.

Dodik questioned in Sarajevo over unconstitutional referendum

After months of stalling, Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik was questioned at the Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office in Sarajevo on Friday in connection with the organisation of an anti-constitutional referendum on the Bosnian Serb entity's day.

Nine ex-HVO members indicted for war crimes in north Bosnia

The Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office on Friday indicted nine former commanders and members of the Croat Defence Council (HVO) for war crimes against Serbs in the Orasje area in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian Serb entity announces its census results

The statistical office of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska on Friday published its results of a 2013 census in Bosnia and Herzegovina which significantly differ from figures published in July by the state-level Statistical Agency.

Bosnian PM says expects sincere cooperation from Croatia, not fault-finding

Bosnia and Herzegovina Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic has described as inappropriate the statements by Croatian officials about Bosnia and Herzegovina posing a security threat due to potential terrorists returning from Syria and Iraq, calling on neighbouring countries to refrain from fault-finding and cooperate sincerely.

3 parties against Sarajevo University decision on no lectures on Friday afternoon

Three left-leaning political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday strongly criticised the decision by the Sarajevo University Senate that no lectures would be given during Jumu'ah, a congregational prayer that Muslims hold every Friday.

Four indicted for JNA soldiers' execution in Sarajevo in 1992

The Bosnia and Herzegovina State Prosecutor's Office on Thursday issued an indictment against four persons for the murder of eight Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) prisoners of war in Sarajevo in April 1992.

Dodik announces celebrations on 9 Jan. despite court's ban

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has said that 9 January will be marked in Banja Luka with a high-profile celebration and a parade of local police officers, despite the fact that in 2015 Bosnia and Herzegovina's Constitutional Court declared that holiday of the Serb entity to be in contravention to the Constitution, and nullified a referendum held by the local authorities in Serb-populated areas this past September on that topic.

Four ex-Bosnian army troops indicted for war crimes against Croat civilians

The Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday indicted four former members of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina for war crimes against Croat civilians, including the killing of three persons.

Izetbegovic wants friendly relations with Croatia, not lecturing

The Bosniak member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, said on Wednesday that his country and the Bosniak people he represented wanted to have the best possible relations with Croatia, but that he considered as unacceptable statements about the security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina being worse than it actually was.

US concerned about Dodik's behaviour

The United States takes seriously any attempt to subvert the Dayton peace agreement and is therefore concerned about the actions and statements of Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik, the US Embassy in Sarajevo said in a press release on Tuesday.

Justice minister to okay Delimsutafic's extradition to Bosnia

Karlovac County Court president, Ivan Perkovic, said on Tuesday that Croatia's Justice Minister would in a week or two deliver a final decision on the extradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina's wartime interior minister Alija Delimustafic, who is wanted in Sarajevo for corruption.

Two ex-Bosnian Serb soldiers arrested for war crimes

Two former members of the Bosnian Serb army were arrested in Prijedor on Monday after the Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office charged them with war crimes against Croat, Bosniak and Roma civilians in 1992, including the killing of at least 19 people.

Ivanic: Trump's election won't impact US policy on Bosnia

Bosnian Presidency Chairman Mladen Ivanic said on Monday that Donald Trump's election as US president would have no impact on the Balkans or Bosnia and Herzegovina because the US policy on this region had not changed for years, adding that crucial were the relations with the European Union.

Up to 2,500 potential terrorists could return to EU, Bosnia security minister says

The European Union is faced with the possible return of 2,000 to 2,500 radicalised persons who fought on the terrorists' side in Syria and Iraq, and this applies to all 28 member states, so claims that thousands will return only to Bosnia and Herzegovina are flippant, Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic said in an interview which the N1 regional TV aired on Sunday.

Suffocating Sarajevo orders alternating traffic to combat pollution

Air pollution in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo has gone far beyond critical in recent days, prompting an emergency committee to ban half of the city's cars from the roads, the daily Avaz reported Saturday online.

Bosnia, Montenegro report earthquakes

An earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale rocked the Sarajevo area shortly before 9 AM on Saturday, but there were no reports of material damage.

Contract signed for reconstruction of infrastructure in Croat communities in Bosnia's Serb entity

The Minister of Refugees and Displaced Persons in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, Davor Cordas, on Friday signed with the heads of Brod and Pelagicevo municipalities contracts for the co-financing of works on local infrastructure in Croat returnee settlements worth EUR 40,000.

EBRD grants loans to Bosnia for Corridor Vc motorway, Brcko port

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a fresh loan of EUR 76 million for the construction of additional sections of the Corridor Vc motorway through Bosnia and Herzegovina and an additional EUR 10 million for the upgrading of the Sava River port of Brcko.

Inzko says Bosnia must implement Sejdic-Finci ruling in 2017

At the end of 2016 Bosnia and Herzegovina has reason for optimism as well as for concern because of the challenges that lie ahead, however, obligations that have been assumed must be met and politicians must stop looking for excuses for the lack of necessary progress, the international community's High Representative in the country, Valentin Inzko, said on Thursday.

Head of Bosnian Islamic community condemns latest terrorist attacks

The head of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Husein Kavazovic, on Wednesday extended his condolences to the German and Russian ambassadors in that country after the latest terrorist attacks in Berlin and Ankara, strongly condemning the perpetrators.

Sharif: Pakistan wants to enhance relations with Bosnia

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who arrived in Sarajevo on Wednesday for a two-day official visit, said that Pakistan would work on strengthening bilateral relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and that economic cooperation should be intensified along with the continuation of good political relations.

Puljic: Bosnia and Herzegovina non-functional, Church proposals ignored

The current organisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is no longer functional and some time ago the Catholic Bishops' Conference presented its proposal as to how to possibly reshape the country, however, the proposal has been ignored both by local politicians and international diplomats, the Archbishop of Sarajevo, Cardinal Vinko Puljic, said in an interview with the "Oslobodjenje" daily on Wednesday.

Croatia financially assists projects for Bosnian Croats

In 2016 Croatia will financially assist 28 projects designed to encourage the return of Croats to Bosnia and Herzegovina and create sustainable living conditions for them in that country.

Bosnia steps up security in the wake of Berlin, Ankara attacks

Police agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina have stepped up security measures in that country following the terrorist attack in Berlin and the assassination of Russia's ambassador in Ankara and special attention will be dedicated to security measures during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sarajevo when an estimated 100,000 are expected to rally an open-air concert in the downtown Sarajevo, police official Mirsad Vilic said on Tuesday.

Bosniak party opposed to changing structure of constitutional court

The major Bosniak party in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Party of Democratic Action (SDA), on Monday said that it would reject attempts to impose a new law on the Constitutional Court in that country that had been announced by the HDZ BiH party and the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), led by Milorad Dodik, and would insist on prosecuting corruption, particularly that concerning Dodik.