“Celebrations were held across Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday to mark Statehood Day amid a public holiday – while the Serbs shunned the occasion. Many people celebrated in squares, streets and neighborhoods which had been decorated with the national flags in the capital, Sarajevo. The celebrations began with the erecting of a massive Bosnian flag at the Hum Hill in Sarajevo.” (World Bulletin)

“US President Donald Trump congratulated the Statehood Day of BiH to the Chairman of the Presidency of BiH Dragan Covic. This was confirmed by the Ambassador of BiH to the United States, Haris Hrle, who noted that the United States has been a good friend and partner of BiH for decades and that such dedication still exists today, and that the US continues to support efforts of BiH on building safe and prosperous states – fully integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions, including NATO.” (Sarajevo Times)

“Alida Vracic, director and co-founder of Populari, a Sarajevo-based think tank, and a member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG), notes that immediately after the judgment had been pronounced, an avalanche of mutual accusations launched from Sarajevo and Banja Luka begun, aimed at patriotic self-promotion. ‘Consuming the spotlights, once again Bosniak and Serb politicians overrode thousands of those who lost their loved ones, those whose entire lives were marked by the crimes of Ratko Mladic and those whose voices mattered most.’ According to Vracic, the politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on both sides equally, facing the absence of any meaningful progress and the inability to deliver what was previously promised,’ see moments like these as an opportunity for their flag-waving parades.'” (European Western Balkans)

“The Hague Tribunal will bring the second-instance verdict in the case against the former Prime Minister of the so-called Herceg-Bosna Jadranko Prlic and five other former officials and members of the Croatian Defense Council (HVO) on November 29. All parties appealed the judgment given down on May 29, 2013. The ICTY sentenced to six former officials of the so-called Herceg-Bosna for a total of 111 years in prison for war crimes. Jadranko Prlic was then sentenced to 25 years in prison and former defense minister Bruno Stojic 20 years. Commander of the Main Staff of the HVO generals Slobodan Praljak and Milivoj Petkovic were sentenced to 20 years in prison, the commander of the military police of the HVO Valentin Coric to 16 years, while the Chief of the Office for the Exchange of Prisoners Berislav Pusic was sentenced to 10 years.” translated from N1)