Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian Serbs Stage Parade for Disputed ‘Statehood’ Holiday

A parade of police officers, firefighters, civil protection force members and Russian bikers was held in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska to mark its disputed ‘statehood’ day, again sparking condemnation from Bosniaks.

"Bosnian with links to Serb" caught with 1.5 tons of cocaine

Among those arrested is a citizen of Bosnia-Herzegovina who is considered to be one of the most important members of the gang, the daily said, citing South American media.

According to these reports, his name is Smail Sikalo, and he is associated with a group dubbed "America" - led by Serbs.

"Cooperate with NATO like Serbia does," Bosnia urged

He stressed that there was "no reason for concern that this could have an impact on relations with neighbors because Serbia, although not a NATO member, has significant cooperation with the alliance."

Serbian PM to attend RS Day celebrations in Banja Luka

While in Banja Luka, Brnabic will receive the Order of the Serb Republic, in a ceremony honoring deserving institutions and individuals.

The prime minister will also attend a parade march in Krajina Square, and a gala in the sports arena Borik.

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"Traitor to Bosnia, and Putin's exponent"

And Dodik is also "an exponent of the Russian president in the Balkans," Canak, the leader of the LSV party, stated on Tuesday.

EU "reiterates urgency" of Pristina revoking trade barriers

"The meeting was an opportunity for an exchange with the Kosovo representatives on the (Belgrade-Pristina) dialogue," the EU announced, adding that in this context, Mogherini "reiterated the urgency to revoke the customs tariffs (taxes on goods from central Serbia), announced by the Kosovo government at the end of last year."

"Pristina has taken dialogue 50 steps backwards"

This has been assessed by Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.

Speaking for Pink TV on Friday in Belgrade, Brnabic pointed out that due to all these decisions of the provisional institutions in Pristina she "does not see any indication of a compromise" - and instead believes that Belgrade and Pristina are increasingly removed from one.

Bulgaria facing "serious demographic problem"

Dimitrova said that Bulgaria is one of the countries with a serious demographic problem.

In the current year, 60,000 less children are expected to be born at the national level, which represents a new negative demographic record for Bulgaria.

In the period from January 1 to December 1, 2017, 58,000 children were born, and 53,543 in 2018.

Bosnian Family Fear for Murder Victim's Missing Father

The authorities in Republika Srpska, the mainly Serbian entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, have continued to put pressure on opposition demonstrators protesting over the unsolved murder of David Dragicevic, while his father, Davor, remains missing since protesters clashed with police in Banja Luka on Sunday.

"Serb Republic will break away from Bosnia"

Former British diplomat Timothy Less told this to Belgrade weekly NIN in an interview.

"They feel that their security is threatened by Sarajevo's policy and are deeply hurt by the imposed decisions, especially during the administration of (international representative) Paddy Ashdown, which further separated them from BiH," Less, who heads the Nova Europa consultancy, said.

Final talks with Eurasian Union next week

Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic announced this on Thursday, Tanjug is reporting.

Ljajic told TV PINK that he expected a free trade agreement with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to be concluded before Russian President Vladimir Putin's January 17 visit to Serbia.

Do we need this kind of EU, asks Serbian minister

According to Vulin, Serbia should do that because of "the double standards" that the EU applies to Serbia, and because the organization is not reacting to "the creation of Greater Albania."

The minister also said that he did not receive Vucic's support for this.

Jeremic: Russia supports Serbia, but not current authorities

He argued that Russia supports Serbia, but not the current authorities.

Jeremic told the website that Russian President Vladimir Putin "does not trust Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic because of his relations with the West."