The international peace deal overseer in Bosnia responded to an arrest threat against his mission head of office, made by the Bosnian Serb leader, saying that foreign diplomats in the country enjoy immunity under a convention on diplomatic relations.
Lawmakers of the ruling coalition in the Republika Srpska entity passed a resolution against attempts to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The session of the entity parliament, which ended early Wednesday morning, wasn’t attended by the opposition members. Continue reading RS Assembly Passes “Military Neutrality” Resolution
The United States Embassy to Bosnia extended support to an effort at granting full constitutional rights to the Serbs in one of the country’s mixed Bosniak-Croat cantons. All citizens should be equal in Bosnia, the Embassy tweeted, commenting on an ongoing political scuffle in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton over amending the Canton’s highest act to give the Serbs the status of a so-called “constitutive people”, currently granted to the Canton’s Bosniaks and Croats. Continue reading Embassy Supports Constitutional Equality Effort in Bosnian Canton
The time might be right to initiate a peaceful dissolution of Bosnia, the president of country’s Serb-controlled entity told reporters in the eastern Bosnia town of Zvornik. With the independence declaration of Spain’s Catalonia province looming, Milorad Dodik said that the European Union considers such developments to be internal matters of sovereign countries. Continue reading Time to Initiate “Peaceful Divorce from Failed Bosnia” Might Be Now, Says Bosnian Serb Leader
The assembly of a Bosnian canton in which Bosniaks and Croats share power failed to discuss amendments to the local constitution that would give equal rights to the third main group in the country, the Serbs. At a session in Mostar, the lawmakers in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton split along the ethnic line over amendments to the Canton’s constitution that would say that Serbs are a so-called “constitutive people” together with the Canton’s Bosniaks and Croats. Continue reading Canton’s Bosniak and Croat Lawmakers Disagree over Including Serbs in Constitution
The president of Republika Srpska and the leader of ruling SNSD party said the entity will organize a referendum on the authority of Bosnian state-level judiciary if the opposition parties supported it. “If the opposition said they wanted a referendum on the (state) Court and Prosecutor, we will stick with the decision (of the entity parliament) and organize the referendum,” Milorad Dodik told reporters in Banja Luka.
There is no discussion in Bosnia about recognizing independence of Serbia’s breakaway province Kosovo, Bosnian foreign minister said commenting on a statement of Kosovo prime minister. Bosnian Council of Ministers will not be looking into the matter, minister Igor Crnadak said, but the business community would benefit from a solution to the visa regime, he added. Continue reading Gov’t Will Not Discuss Bosnia’s Recognition of Kosovo, Says Foreign Minister