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SRNA News Roundup /I/ - February 14, 2018

 

REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

 

BANJALUKA - President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik wished a Happy Veterans Day to all Srpska veterans on Wednesday, saying that it is everyone’s duty and obligation to maintain the achievements of the defence and homeland war and cherish the memory of the sacrifice that the fallen fighters gave guided by honourable and noble goals.

BANJALUKA - President Milorad Dodik will pay a visit to the Orthodox Eparchy of Gornji Karlovac in Croatia on Wednesday.

BANJALUKA – A lot has been done in Republika Srpska within the set framework, there is a certain level of stability which is a prerequisite for successful operations so far and the present coalition has been in power for nearly 20 years, said National Assembly Speaker Nedeljko Cubrilovic.

BANJALUKA - Prime Minister of Republika Srpska Zeljka Cvijanovic stated on Wednesday that the sacrifice of all the people who died for the freedom of Srpska obliges everyone to maintain and strengthen Republika Srpska despite all the challenges, and provide all available help and support to the families of fallen fighters, disabled veterans and demobbed veterans.

BANJALUKA - The Investment and Development Bank /IRB/ invested around BAM25.8 million in the east part of Republika Srpska in 2017, the financial institution told Srna.

BANJALUKA - Head of the Union of Employer Associations of Republika Srpska Dragutin Skrebic welcomes a European Parliament decision to review the twice-yearly hour changes in the bloc which has a negative impact on human health and lowers the workers’ productivity.

VISEGRAD - The 214th anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising and Day of the Veterans of the Defence and Homeland War of Republika Srpska will be marked in Visegrad with a commemoration and wreath laying ceremony at the local monument to fallen fighters on Wednesday.

KRUPA NA UNI - Representatives of the municipality of Krupa na Uni, fighters and disabled veterans laid a wreath and lit candles at the monument honouring fallen veterans of the Army of Republika Srpska in Donji Dubovik, the municipal administrative centre, on Wednesday.

ZVORNIK - A total of 63 person believed to have illegally crossed the border have been registered since the beginning of 2018 in the area covered by the Zvornik Police Administration, the force said on Wednesday.

HAN PIJESAK - A literary evening “Biserje na dlanu” honouring the late poet Stanoje Golic, who was a member of the Luca literary club from Vlasenica, will take place on Friday in the reading room of the Branko Cucak National Library in Han Pijesak.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

BANJALUKA - Nadeem Ilahi, the International Monetary Fund Mission Chief for Bosnia and Herzegovina, said the Government of Republika Srpska in its Letter of Intent did not transfer Entity competences for the control of banks to the Central Bank of BiH and pointed out that the Mission’s duty was to honour the country’s constitutional structure.

BANJALUKA - Apart from Abduladhim Maktouf, the judicial institutions in BiH have not prosecuted any members of the infamous El Mujahid Squad, even though the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 2008 convicted the commander of the so-called Army of BiH Rasim Delic for the crimes committed by the squad, and despite the fact that the majority of the unit’s officers and soldiers are still in the country, the Glas Srpske daily reported on Wednesday.

MOSTAR - Regional cooperation is one of the top foreign policy priorities of Serbia and the Consulate General in Mostar will remain committed to the improvement of relations between Serbia and BiH, Consul Marija Bakoc stated in Mostar on Tuesday.

SERBIA

NOVI SAD - A gun salute will be performed at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad to mark the Serbian Statehood Day on Wednesday.

BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Serbia and Croatia need dialogue and assessed that the most important result of his visit to Croatia is what is yet to come, and that is progress in several areas of mutual interest, primarily regarding the position of the Serbs in Croatia, which is Belgrade’s greatest concern.

BELGRADE - President of self-declared Kosovo Hashim Thaci said he expects Pristina to reach a “historical” agreement with Serbia this year, which would not have to entail a recognition of independence, but would ensure the province a seat in the UN.

REGION

ZAGREB - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic stated that progress was achieved during Vucic’s visit to Croatia in an effort to improve the two countries’ relations and announced a return visit to Serbia several months from now.

ZAGREB - The position of Serbs in Croatia over the past five years has not improved, it rather deteriorated in several aspects, reads a document read out at the end of the third Grand Assembly of the Serbian National Council /SNV/, which took place in Zagreb on Tuesday evening. /end/ds