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SRNA News Roundup /II/ - February 12, 2018




BANJALUKA - Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik will lay a wreath to the memorial of the former Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, in Istocno Sarajevo on Monday.

BANJALUKA - Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic sent a condolence telegram to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over a plane crash in the Moscow region that killed all 71 passengers and crew on board.

BANJALUKA - Minister of Refugees and Displaced Persons Davor Cordas signed an agreement for the repair of the Trebinje Pensioners’ Centre, a project which is supposed to resolve the housing issues of 30 displaced persons using collective accommodation in Trebinje.

BANJALUKA - Igor Zunic, deputy head of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats /SNSD/ Caucus in the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, says that Dragan Mektic should stop engaging in the issues and topics he cannot even understand and which are beyond his grasp and that as a member of the Council of Ministers he should fulfil his promise given at a donor’s conference and pay BAM2 million to Srebrenica and thus help all people in the municipality.

BANJALUKA - MP Milanko Mihajlica of the Serbian Radical Party of Republika Srpska believes everyone should do their own job and that Dragan Mektic, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Minister of Security, should primarily deal with security issues.

BANJALUKA - It is not good that Srebrenica is used for populist and election purposes, while, on the other hand, everybody keeps forgetting the victims and people living there very hard, Admir Cavka, MP of the Homeland Coalition in the Srpska parliament, told Srna on Monday.

ISTOCNO SARAJEVO - Milan Jolovic, the former commander of the Wolves of Drina unit, says the public takes BiH Minister of Security less and less seriously and that Mektic has disturbed the Serbian people by stating: “Genocide was committed in Srebrenica.”

SEKOVICI- Milos Stupar, the war-time commander of the Sekovici 2nd Detachment of the Special Police of the Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs, said the statement by BiH Minister of Security Dragan Mektic that the “Serbs should go through a catharsis and admit the genocide in Srebrenica” is absolute nonsense and that Mektic would be better off if he engaged in managing the ministry he is in charge of instead.

BIJELJINA - Head of the Bijeljina Veterans Association Miodrag Stevanovic stated on behalf of 3,000 demobbed veterans from Semberija that the Serbs did not commit genocide in Srebrenica and that the statement by Security Minister Dragan Mektic that the “Serbs should go through a catharsis and admit the genocide in Srebrenica” is his personal yet reckless stance.

BRATUNAC - Radojka Filipovic, head of the Bratunac Association of Families of Captured and Killed Fighters and Missing Civilians, pointed out that Mektic’s statement about “genocide in Srebrenica” is harmful for the Serbs even though it has nothing to do with reality and the events that occurred in the central Podrinje area during the 1990s war.

SREBRENICA - Branislav Vasiljevic, head of the Srebrenica Association of Families of Captured and Killed Fighters and Missing Civilians, says the families sharply condemn Mektic’s statement about Srebrenica asserting that Mektic is currying favours with his coalition partners and mentors from the Party of Democratic Action /SDA/ ignoring the truth and facts and causing enormous damage to his people.

BELGRADE - Military and political analyst Miroslav Lazanski warns that Mektic’s statement about Srebrenica is very harmful for Republika Srpska and that his legal knowledge of the term “genocide” is dubious.

BELGRADE - The association Cast Otadzbine calls on the Alliance for Change to recall BiH Security Minister Dragan Mektic and the judicial institutions to punish Mektic for his subversive actions.

VISEGRAD - Ordens Clinic from Linz in Austria in cooperation with the Representation Office of Republika Srpska in Austria and the Red Cross in Visegrad donated 28 hospital beds and 28 cabinets to the Centre for Persons with Disabilities in Visegrad on Monday.


SARAJEVO - Bosnia and Herzegovina has reached an agreement with Brazil on joining the World Trade organisation only a few days after it had agreed the same thing with Ukraine, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Mirko Sarovic told Srna.

SARAJEVO - BiH Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak handed a diplomatic passport to Tijana Boskovic, Europe’s best volleyball player in 2017, at the BiH Consulate General in Istanbul on Monday, the ministry said in a press release.

SARAJEVO - Head of the EU Delegation to BiH/Special Representative Lars-Gunnar Wigemark said the European Union will not impose solutions in BiH when it comes to the Election Law reform, adding that it has to be a product of agreement between the local politicians and parties.


GLAMOC - The newly elected Mayor of Glamos Nebojsa Radivojsa told Srna the authorities plan to repair the local Cultural Centre this year, a project worth around BAM250,000.

SARAJEVO - Officers of the Sarajevo Canton Interior Ministry carried out an anti-sabotage inspection of the Dutch Embassy in Sarajevo on Monday and did not find anything suspicious, Ministry’s spokeswoman Suvada Kuldija said.


BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache agreed Monday in Belgrade that the adoption of the EU Enlargement Strategy for the Western Balakns is an encouraging message for Serbia and its citizens.


BELGRADE - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic welcomed her Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic at the presidential palace at Pantovcak on Monday to the sounds of the Serbian and Croatian national anthems.

BANJALUKA - Nikola Puzigaca, head of the Association of Workers and Disabled Workers who fled Croatia and hold BiH citizenship, said he is certain that after Vucic’s visit to Zagreb Croatia will recognise the Serbs’ right to restore the 50,000 apartments, as well as property, employment and pension rights they had been stripped of illegally.

BANJALUKA - Head of the Association of Serb Refugees from Krajina and Croatia Petar Dzodan considers it good that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has come to Croatia but he does not expect a major solution to the problems of Serb refugees.


MOSCOW - Russia’s Saratov Airlines said on Monday it was suspending all An-148 flights after one of its passenger planes crashed near Moscow. /end/ds