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English09/08/2018

SRNA News Roundup /II/ - August 9, 2018

 

REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

 

BIJELJINA - Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik stated Thursday in Bijeljina that not just the lives of 30,000 people but the entire existence and future of the Serb people were built into Republika Srpska and that it is absolutely impossible to change the name of the Entity.

BIJELJINA - Republika Srpska cultivates good relations with India and wants to improve the mutual economic, cultural and every other aspect of cooperation, said President Milorad Dodik.

BIJELJINA - The only way for the opposition to do something in the upcoming elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina is to bring the elections themselves into question in an effort to turn the city of Banjaluka into a “crisis case,” said Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik.

BANJALUKA - The Republika Srpska Government on Thursday adopted information on an initiative for marking the 800th anniversary of the Serbian Orthodox Church independence and on projects regarding the protection, scientific analysis and promotion of movable Serb cultural and historical heritage.

BANJALUKA - The Government of Republika Srpska adopted information on Thursday on writing answers to additional questions from the European Commission Questionnaire, which will be used for drafting an opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for EU membership.

BANJALUKA - The Government of Republika Srpska has invested around BAM64 million into the municipality of Srbac so far through its budget and the Development Programme, and this year it allocated BAM726,967 for the repair of a local 8.5km road connecting Sitnesi - Gornji Srdjevici alone, the municipal authorities told Srna.

BIJELJINA - The City of Bijeljina on Thursday celebrated its patron saint’s day, St Pantheleimon, with a holy liturgy at the St George’s Church, a procession down the city streets and breaking of the Slava cake outside the city hall. President Milorad Dodik, who attended the celebration, stated that Bijeljina is a major strategic centre for Republika Srpska in which the Government invested more than BAM300 million in various capital projects over the past few years. Mayor Mico Micic said that Bijeljina is an open city observing human rights and that more and more respectable guests come to the city every year to make the significant event even greater.

ISTOCNI STARI GRAD - Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia conducted a holy liturgy in the Church of St Pantheleimon the Great Martyr at Vucija Luka on Thursday. The service was followed by a procession around the church and a Slava-cake breaking custom to mark the patron saint’s day of the temple and the municipality of Istocni Stari Grad.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

BANJALUKA - Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik says a new report on Srebrenica, which will be made by the world’s most prominent experts dealing with issues of war crimes, will cover the period between 1992 and 1995 and include the crimes committed against Serbs too.

BANJALUKA - Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said he does not expect an indictment will soon be issued against Atif Dudakovic, a former commander of the 5th Corps of the so-called Army of BiH, and expressed his distrust in the BiH Court and Prosecutor’s Office.

SARAJEVO - BiH Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Mirko Sarovic and Romanian Ambassador to BiH Dana Constantinescu asserted Thursday in Sarajevo that BiH and Romania have a good long-standing cooperation in trade and that BiH’s exports to the EU country are constantly growing.

SARAJEVO - The BiH Prosecutor’s Office submitted a proposal to the BiH Ministry of Justice to file a motion for the extradition of Husein Mujanovic from Serbia, the judicial institution confirmed to Srna. Mujanovic was arrested last week in Priboj, Serbia on suspicion of a war crime against civilians in the Sarajevo settlements of Hrasnica and Sokolovic Kolonija.

FEDERATION OF BiH

SARAJEVO - The session of a committee in charge of harmonising the differently adopted texts of laws in the Federation of BiH Houses of Parliament about the rights of former members of the so-called Army of BiH and Croatian Defence Council /HVO/ and their families will be held on Mostar, not in Sarajevo as was previously announced, the local media reported on Thursday.


SERBIA

BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated Thursday in Sid that the Putevi Srbije enterprise had launched a project to connect a 19km long stretch of a motorway with Republika Srpska via the town of Kuzmin.

BELGRADE - Meeting with a US Senate delegation on Thursday, head of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric once again stressed the commitment of the Serbian state leadership to a comprehensive resolution of the Kosovo issue only by peaceful means.

BELGRADE - The Dragacevo Assembly of Trumpet Players in Guca, the largest trumpet and brass band event on the planet, opened on Thursday with the raising of the assembly flag, where the Serbian Minister of Innovations and Technological Development Nenad Popovic, who declared the festival open, stated that the trumpet holds the secret of the Serbian soul. The event closes on August 12.

BELGRADE - Mayors of Belgrade and Banjaluka Zoran Radojicic and Igor Radojicic, respectively, discussed various aspects of the cooperation of the two cities and exchanged experiences about the implementation of construction, cultural and environmental projects.


REGION

BANJALUKA - The Association of Workers and Disabled Workers refugees from Croatia now holding BiH citizenship will not drop the plan to seek justice in Strasbourg with lawsuits against Croatia, said the association leader Nikola Puzigaca.

PODGORICA - The total inflow of foreign direct investments in Montenegro in the first five months of this year was EUR265 million, while the outflow was EUR205.1 million according to the preliminary data of the country’s Central Bank /CBCG/. /end/ds