Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU Delegation head says Bosnia's future lies in EU

The head of the Delegation of the EU and EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lars Gunnar Wigemark, has said in a comment on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome that Bosnia and Herzegovina's future lies in the EU.

Lajcak says EU must deal more seriously with Western Balkans

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak has warned that the situation in the Western Balkans is potentially dangerous and that the European Union must pay more attention to that part of Europe, the Sarajevo-based Dnevni Avaz daily has reported.

US donates 24 Humvee vehicles to Bosnia army

The US government has donated 24 Humvee multipurpose vehicles to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Army, hit by a chronic shortage of funding and equipment, to reinforce its technical capacity.

PM says 120 Bosnian citizens in Syrian-Iraqi war zone

Bosnian Council of Ministers Chairman Denis Zvizdic on Wednesday said claims that thousands of people from his country were fighting for Islamic extremists abroad were incorrect and exaggerated, adding that available intelligence showed their number was just over 100.

Islamic community in BiH adopts measures against Islamic extremism

The Council of Muftis of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday adopted a new set of measures aimed at fighting violent extremism and a distorted interpretation of Islam as well as a religious ruling forbidding Muslim believers to bet and gamble, which has become a major problem in the country.

Bosnia arrests 6 in migrant trafficking ring bust

Law enforcement agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday arrested six people in a clamp-down on smugglers involved in the trafficking of migrants from Turkey and Syria who were transported via Croatia to destinations in western Europe.

Russia to repay US$125 mln debt to Bosnia in cash

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Finance Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda and Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak on Tuesday signed an agreement in Moscow pursuant to which Russia will repay a debt of US$ 125 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina that the former Soviet Union owed the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY).

Bosnian Muslim leader accuses Croatian president of stigmatising Bosnian Muslims

The head of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Husein Kavazovic, on Friday rejected as unacceptable statements by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in which she warns of the danger of the radicalisation of Bosniaks and accused her of encouraging intolerance and prejudice toward Muslims in that country.

Hahn calls for reforms in and cooperation between W. Balkan countries

European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in Sarajevo on Friday that Bosnia and Herzegovina and all other countries in the Western Balkans, had strong European prospects and reassured them that the European Commission would do its best to keep those prospects strong, however, the EU aspirants should carry out reforms and closer cooperate with one another to confirm their preparedness for EU membership.

Bosnian security minister refutes Croatia president's claims

Bosnia and Herzegovina Security Minister Dragan Mektic on Friday once again refuted as unfounded claims by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic about an increased threat from extremist groups in Bosnia, saying that there was no evidence to back her claims.

Western Balkans prime ministers push for stronger cooperation, common market

The six Western Balkan states have no other future but in Europe, but they must strengthen cooperation and stabilise relations, including the creation of a common market, their prime ministers agreed in Sarajevo on Thursday.

Stier warns of crisis in Bosnia in absence of new election law

The adoption of a new election law is essential for Bosnia and Herzegovina to avoid a new political crisis, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Neum on Thursday.

Agreement on European partnership between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina drafted

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday drafted an agreement with the Croatian government on European partnership which should ensure that Bosnia and Herzegovina more readily meets European Union membership criteria.

Covic says Sarajevo was ready to sue Croatia too

The Croat member of the Bosnian Presidency has said that he did not take a position on a request for a revision of a lawsuit against Serbia before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) because he was sure that Bosniak representatives would sue Croatia before the ICJ too in case of a negative second instance ruling against six former Herceg Bosna officials before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Croatian FM says there's no reason for anyone in Bosnia to revel in ICJ decision

There is no reason for anyone in Bosnia and Herzegovina to revel in the rejection of the request to revise the 2007 ruling clearing Serbia of responsibility for genocide, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Thursday and called on officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina to turn toward the European and Euro-Atlantic path and reforms and that Croatia would support them in that.

Bosniak, Serb politicians divided over ICJ refusal of revision

Bosniak and Serb officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday reacted differently to a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to dismiss a request for revision of its ruling in a case in which Bosnia and Herzegovina sued Serbia for genocide and the ICJ cleared it of the charges, with Bosniak officials insisting that the latest decision is a new injustice and Serb officials saying that it was about strict adherence to legal norms.

ICJ turns down Bosnia's request for review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has turned down a request for a review of its ruling in a case in which Bosnia and Herzegovina sued Serbia for genocide, which cleared Serbia of responsibility for genocide committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian security minister: Dodik wants to be new Serbian ruler

The political crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina is being further deepened by Milorad Dodik's endeavours to have his Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) come to power at the state level, Bosnia's Security Minister Dragan Mektic warned on Thursday, accusing the leader of the Serb entity of Republika Srpska of wanting to become the new "Serbian ruler."

Leading Croat, Bosniak parties disagree on Bosnia election law changes

The leading Croat and Bosniak parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina disagree on how the election law should be changed but will continue to negotiate because the common goal is to stabilise the situation in the country and remove any form of discrimination, party leaders said in Sarajevo on Wednesday.

Zvizidic: Bosnia-Croatia governmental meeting likely in late April or early May

A joint meeting of the governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia will be held in late April or early May, the chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic said in Sarajevo on Tuesday.

Stier: EU agrees it must step up engagement in Bosnia

European Union foreign ministers agree the EU should step up its engagement in Southeast Europe and have supported Croatia's position that it is necessary to encourage those responsible in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to agree election law changes by June, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Monday.

Bosnian Serb authorities won't partake in NATO-led disaster response exercise

The authorities in the Serb-ruled part of Bosnia and Herzegovina have refused to participate in an exercise on how to deal with the consequences of a natural disaster which will be organised by the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) in Bosnia and Herzegovina in September.

Lajcak says 2 countries in W. Balkans about to break up, 3 in deep crisis

The European Union is becoming a less and less serious interlocutor in enlargement matters, having abandoned the Western Balkans, as a result of which two states there are on the verge of breaking up and three are in a deep crisis, Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said in Brussels on Monday.

Bosnian Serb leader says prefers Russian gas to Croatian

The Bosnian Serb entity's president Milorad Dodik on Saturday again rejected a possibility of connecting Bosnia and Herzegovina's gas network to Croatia's network, insisting that the Serb entity be provided from the pipelines that deliver gas supplies only from Russia.

Bosnia's party leaders pledge commitment to EU integration

The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, met in Sarajevo on Saturday with leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina's seven largest parliamentary parties, who said after the meeting that they had all agreed to focus on implementing the necessary reforms in the period ahead.

Mogherini calls on Bosnia to continue reforms

The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has called on Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue implementing reforms so it can draw closer to EU membership, pledging full support from Brussels on that path.

ICTY prosecutor in Milosevic case finds review request defective

A former prosecutor of the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Sir Geoffrey Nice, has said that the request forwarded from Sarajevo for a review of the 2007 International Court of Justice (OCJ) ruling exonerating Serbia from genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been poorly prepared and that the status of Bosnia and Herzegovina's legal agent Sakib Softic before the ICJ is questionable.

Bosnia wary of possible spring migrant wave from Serbia

Thousands of migrants currently staying in Serbia will probably try to reach EU member countries via new routes this spring, and a large number of them will try to cross into Croatia via Bosnia and Herzegovina, the head of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Service for Aliens, Slobodan Ujic, said on Friday.

Stier: Croatia and Hungary vitally interested in Bosnia's stability

Croatia, together with Hungary, is vitally interested in the preservation of stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the two countries will do their best to assist in that, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Sarajevo on Thursday.

Dodik: Croatia's claims of pollution from Bosnian refinery trumped up

ZAGREB, March 1 (Hina) -  Milorad Dodik, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS), claims that there are no problems with the functioning of the oil refinery in Bosanski Brod, which is causing air pollution also in Slavonski Brod, a neighbouring town in Croatia across the Sava River, accusing Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of falsely informing Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about this in Munich in February.

Bosnia divided over Independence Day celebration

A half of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday observed 1 March as the country's Independence Day in memory of the 1992 independence referendum when the vast majority of citizens voted for severing all ties with the then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY).

Serb ministers end boycott of Bosnian government

Serb ministers in the Bosnian Council of Ministers on Tuesday attended a session of the body, ending a boycott they began last week because of a request to revise an International Court of Justice ruling Serbia of genocide.

Bosnian Serb parliament condemns review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

The Republika Srpska Parliament on Monday adopted conclusions condemning the launching of a procedure to review the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rulling against Serbia, calling on Bosnian Serb officials in the state government to block the work and the decision-making process of state authority bodies until Bosnian Serb authorities' numerous request, bringing into question the functioning of a number of state institutions, are resolved.

Croats say Bosnia's public broadcaster should be overhauled based on Swiss or Belgian model

Major Croat political parties that make up the Croat National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HNS BiH) will insist on the reorganisation of the existing state public broadcaster as they believe that the current system of public broadcasting is contrary to the Constitution and discriminatory against the Croats.

ICJ asks Bosnia's leadership to state its position on review request

The State Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina will have to make a clear statement as to whether it supports the request for a review of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) genocide ruling against Serbia, the Croat member of the country's three-member presidency, Dragan Covic, said on Monday.

Biggest Bosnian Serb party ceases all contact with Izetbegovic over ICJ judjment review request

The main committee of the biggest Bosnian Serb party which makes up the ruling majority in Bosnia and Herzegovina decided o Sunday that its officials would cease all contact with member of the Bosnian President Bakir Izetbegovic until the crisis occurred following the submission of a request to the International Court of justice (ICJ) to review its ruling against Serbia is resolved.

Croatia for preserving Bosnia's stability

Croatia on Friday supported the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), calling on its authorities to adopt decisions in institutions, after a request by BiH Presidency Bosniak member Bakir Izetbegovic to review a ruling which acquitted Serbia of genocide.

Bosnian Croat reps insist on channel airing programmes in Croatian

Being one of the constituent peoples, the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina are entitled to a broadcaster that will air programmes in their native language, HNS BiH official Ivan Vukoja said at a news conference in Mostar on Friday.

Croat member of Bosnia's state presidency says crisis won't escalate

The Croat member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's collective State Presidency, Dragan Covic, said on Friday that the crisis caused by the unilateral submission of a request for a review of the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) genocide ruling from 2007 against Serbia would not escalate into an armed conflict.

SDP urges gov't to put situation in Bosnia on EU and NATO agendas

Croatia's largest opposition party has called on the government to put the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the EU and NATO agendas saying that reactions by some political groups in that country to the submission of the motion to the ICJ to review its ruling against Serbia could lead to serious political instability and threaten the functioning of the state.

Peace Implementation Council Steering Board calls for defusing tensions in Bosnia

The Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) met on Thursday, expressing the international community's concern about the situation in the country and calling on local politicians to act rationally to prevent an escalation of the crisis after a motion was submitted to review an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in BiH's case against Serbia for genocide.

Bosnia requests review of ICJ judgement that exonerating Serbia

Bosnia and Herzegovina's legal counsel Sakib Softic on Thursday submitted a request to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, for a review of a judgement in the genocide suit against Serbia.

Maltese FM on behalf of EU calls for preservation of stability in BiH

Maltese Foreign Minister George Vella said in Sarajevo on Thursday that his country, as the current chair of the European Union, closely followed the developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and other parts of the Western Balkans.

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.