Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia’s Mostar Airport Aims for Expansion

Mostar airport has announced that Italian airline Meridiana will run direct flights to Milan from April to September this year, while Mistral Air will reactivate its connections to Bari and Napoli and is also preparing to launch other destinations including Rome.

Dodik: Strong Serbia is key to Republika Srpska's existence

BELGRADE - Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said on Saturday that a powerful Serbia was crucial for the existence of Republika Srpska (RS) within Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Serbia got "a powerful government and institutions" after the snap parliamentary poll, Dodik told a joint news conference after a meeting with Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade.

Dzakula: Removal of refugee status is ethnic cleansing

ZAGREB - The Serbian Democratic Forum (SDF) accused on Friday the Croatian government that its announcement that it would remove the refugee status from the people who fled Croatia during the 1990s war was intended to stop the return of Serb refugees and complete the ethnic cleansing.

Kosovo is our Jerusalem, minister tells Israeli daily

Kosovo is our Jerusalem, minister tells Israeli daily

JERUSALEM -- Aleksandar Vulin, minister in charge of Kosovo in Serbia's caretaker government, has said that Kosovo has both economic and strategic significance for Serbia.

But above all, he told the Jerusalem Post in an interview given ahead of last weekend's elections, it is "the soul of the Serb people."

Bosnia's stability "of great interest to Serbia"

Bosnia's stability "of great interest to Serbia"

SARAJEVO -- Stability, prosperity and successful EU integration of Bosnia-Herzegovina are of great interest to Serbia, Serbian Ambassador Stanimir Vukićević has said.

He added that any changes in Bosnia-Herzegovina are the result of agreements made within the country.

Bosnia's stability is of great interest to Serbia

SARAJEVO - The stability, prosperity and successful EU integration of Bosnia-Herzegovina are of great interest to Serbia, Serbian Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina Stanimir Vukicevic has said, adding that any changes in Bosnia-Herzegovina are the result of agreements made within the country.

Winners of Young Balkan Designers 2014 competition

BELGRADE – Belgrade-based cultural organization Mikser, in association with the Croatian Design Association and Public Room from Skopje, announced results of the Young Balkan Designers 2014 competition on Thursday.

"Caretaker cabinet has no comment on EU sanctions"

"Caretaker cabinet has no comment on EU sanctions"

BELGRADE -- Serbia did not take a stand on EU's sanctions imposed against officials of the ousted authorities in Ukraine "because the government is in a technical mandate."

The caretaker government "cannot comment on such situations," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Beta on Thursday.

New Mall Divides Opinion in Sarajevo

Mayor Komsic slipped and fell after the official opening of the new Sarajevo City Center on March 20.

Biljana Jandric, spokesperson of Sarajevo Clinic Center, told Balkan Insight he was received and treated for a fracture. “He will be kept over night for monitoring,” she said.

Bosnia Serb Opposition Unites Against Dodik

Three opposition parties in Republika Srpska, one of two entities in Bosnia, on March 19 said they were uniting into one bloc - and would talk to other interested parties prior to the elections.

SNS victory in Serbia "encouragement for region"

SNS victory in Serbia "encouragement for region"

SARAJEVO -- Bosnian FM Zlatko Lagumdžija says the landslide victory of Aleksandar Vučić’s SNS is "a great encouragement for the region."

Lagumdžija said that Vučić claimed victory insisting on justice and work, and his foreign policy priorities are joining the European Union and regional cooperation.

Defence Denies Mladic Had Genocidal Ambitions

Ratko Mladic's defence says the former Bosnian Serb Army commander 'did not give any orders for any crimes' during the war in Bosnia.

Izetbegović: Vučić is welcome in Sarajevo

Izetbegović: Vučić is welcome in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO -- Chairman of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency Bakir Izetbegović has invited SNS leader Aleksandar Vučić to visit Bosnia.

He said Vučić was "welcome in Sarajevo."

The invitation came following the victory of the Serb Progressive Party (SNS) in early parliamentary elections in Serbia held last Sunday.

Ashdown Urges West to Stop Bosnia Sinking

Paddy Ashdown, the former High Representative of the international community to Bosnia and Herzegovina until 2006, said the country was at a crossroads, and both Washington and Brussels had to act urgently to prevent further deterioration.

"Crimea legally declares independence, Kosovo was illegal"

"Crimea legally declares independence, Kosovo was illegal"

BANJA LUKA -- President of the Serb Republic, RS, Milorad Dodik stated in Banja Luka that "no parallels can be drawn between the situation in Kosovo and that in Crimea."

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