Republika Srpska

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.

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.

Dodik says will request lifting of US sanctions against him

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik has said he will ask the new US administration to withdraw a decision on financial sanctions against him and that he is not obstructing the Dayton peace agreement, but has not ruled out the possibility of a referendum on a peaceful separation from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Bosnian constitutional court annuls Republika Srpska referendum result

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Constitutional Court on Thursday annulled the results of the referendum held in the Republika Srpska entity on September 25, ruling that the results were contrary to the country's Constitution.

Dodik insults Inzko, threatens to expel foreign judges

The President of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS), Milorad Dodik, on Monday again strongly criticised representatives of the international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, saying that they were encouraging pressure on local Serbs and threatening their rights.

Dodik wants to step up cooperation with Chinese Communist Party

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said on Sunday the Bosnian Serb entity and his Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) party would step up relations with the Chinese Communist Party, saying this was the best way to attract Chinese investments.

Inzko says negative trend from RS threaten BiH

The survival and stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina are threatened by negative trends that started in the Republika Srpska (RS) and now appear to have spilled over to the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), the international community's High Representative, Valentin Inzko, said on Sunday in a special statement on the 21st anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement

PM, Banja Luka bishop talk status of Croats in Bosnian Serb entity

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday received the Bishop of Banja Luka, Msgr Franjo Komarica, and discussed the difficult position of Croats over the past two decades in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, notably problems they are faced with in trying to return to their prewar homes, Plenkovic's public relations office said in a press release.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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%.

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.

Bosniaks in Serb entity urged not to vote in referendum

Republika Srpska (RS) Vice President Ramiz Salkic on Friday called on Bosniaks in RS, the Bosnian Serb entity, not to participate in a referendum on Sunday, and on those organising the vote not to open polling stations in areas with a Bosniak majority population in order to avoid incidents and acts of provocation.

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.

West again urges Bosnian Serb entity to cancel referendum

The Peace Implementation Council Steering Board (PIC SB) on Tuesday once again warned that the decisions of Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) Constitutional Court must be respected and that a referendum on Republika Srpska (RS) Day scheduled for September 25 was against the constitution and the law.

EU: Referendum crisis mustn't escalate, Bosnia has to continue with reforms

The EU will not allow that, Wigemark said after a meeting with government officials which was also attended by Director for the Western Balkans at the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission Genoveva Ruiz Calavera.

EU calls on Bosnia parties not to escalate situation

The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn have called on all parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina not to escalate the situation after the country's Constitutional Court banned a referendum on marking Republika Srpska Day.

OHR and US urge Bosnian Serbs to refrain from holding referendum

The Office of the High Representative (OHR) and the US Embassy in Sarajevo said on Saturday that a referendum on Republika Srpska Day, which has been temporarily banned by the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, would be in violation of the Dayton peace agreement, which ended the country's 1992-1995 war.

Bosnian Constitutional Court temporarily bans Serb entity referendum

The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday dismissed a motion by the Serb entity's government that the Court reconsider its decision to contest the entity's decision to observe January 9 as its day, and temporarily banned a referendum which the entity plans to hold on September 25.

Serbian PM calls on Bosnian Serb entity to defuse tensions

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Sunday called on the authorities of Republika Srpska (RS), the Bosnian Serb entity, to defuse tensions and work on keeping the peace.

Bosnian Serb authorities intend to use police records as electoral roll

The commission is not worried about the fact that the SIP last week decided not to forward the electoral roll to them after describing the referendum and the body working on its implementation as illegal.

Serbia's top officials don't support Bosnian Serb entity referendum

In a joint press release, Nikolic and Vucic said that "Serbia, despite certain differences in viewing the situation in the region, will always support the Serb people, the citizens of Republika Srpka and its institutions."

Izetbegovic to ask Const. Court to ban Serb entity referendum set for 25 Sept.

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

Vucic says doesn't want to interfere in Serb entity referendum

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in Banja Luka on Friday that he would not interfere in decisions by Bosnian Serb authorities regarding a referendum that would challenge the enforcement of rulings of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina because he considered this to be an internal affair of the Serb entity and the country it was part of.

Reconstruction of 24 Croat houses begins in Bosnian town of Derventa

The reconstruction of 26 houses, 24 of which are owned by displaced Croats from the town of Derventa in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, has begun as part of a regional programme to assist people to return to their prewar homes.

Serb entity accedes to customs-free imports from Croatia

Authorities in the "Republika Srpska" Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday agreed to the amending of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Union, whereby removing obstacles on that country's journey the European Union (EU).

Dodik says ICTY ruling contributes to divisions

"Those were their personal decisions and there can be absolutely no consequences for Republika Srpska," Dodik told Radio Belgrade.

Bosnia can take 2,000 refugees at the most

It is estimated, however, that some refugees arriving in Serbia could attempt to continue on route to the West by crossing through Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Trebinje crossing in the south of the country and at Bijeljina in the north.

Dodik says hasn't given up on referendum, vote to be held in March or April

"The referendum will be held. All procedures have been completed and we are discussing a date, in March or April," Dodik told the Belgrade-based commercial TV station Pink.

Dodik claims Republika Srpska is a state

 "Republika Srpska was formed as a state on January 9 and it will continue to build its state-building character," he was quoted as saying.

Bosnian Serb police to continue cooperating with central gov't institutions

"I believe that we have agreed that the cooperation between the RS police and SIPA and all the other state authorities will continue. That is the most important thing and in the interests of all citizens,"

Bosnian Serb authorities opposed to radioactive waste disposal in Croatian border area

All competent institutions in RS and in Bosnia and Herzegovina should take a united stance and take all the necessary steps to prevent any activities at that location ...

Bosnian state court cautions RS for violating constitution

RS parliament's decision came in the wake of several arrests of Bosnian Serbs suspected of war crimes and in the process SIPA searched a police station in Bosanski Novi.