“Minister of Foreign Affairs of BiH Igor Crnadak confirmed that Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, postponed his official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the new date for the visit having been set for September 21.
Lavrov planned to visit Sarajevo and Banja Luka, but the date had to be changed due to “sudden changes in minister Lavrov’s agenda”. Minister Crnadak said that he had a yelephone conversation with Lavrov. As it was said, during the talk Crnadak noted the importance of good relations with the Russian Federation, as well as the visit of Minister Lavrov to Banja Luka, where he was supposed to attend the ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the construction of the Russian-Serbian cultural center.” (IBNA)
“Serbia’s President on Saturday said that Sandjak, Serbia’s southwestern region populated by many Bosniaks, is not even similar to Republika Srpska (RS), Bosnia’s Serb-dominated part. The former does not exist in Serbia’s Constitution, while the latter is guaranteed by Bosnia’s Constitution, he said.
The comment was made as a response to statements that certain candidates for the Bosniak and Croat seats in Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency made.
‘This is not the Ottoman Empire,’ Vucic said, explaining that Sandjak is nowhere to be found in Serbia’s Constitution. ‘Does that mean that you would so easily breach the Constitution of Serbia, but you are so sensitive when someone else would, as I have never done, think that the Constitution of Bosnia or the Dayton Peace Agreement should be breached?’
The 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement ended the war in Bosnia and part of it, Annexe IV, is Bosnia’s Constitution which says that the country is divided into two semi-autonomous entities – Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which despite its name is, in fact, just another entity.” (N1)
“The Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvzdić, will pay an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco on 17 and 18 September.
On the first day of the visit, Zvizdic will meet with Morocco Prime Minister Saad Dine El Otmani, Parliament Speaker Habib El-Malki and House Speaker Abdelhakim Benchemas, and visit Mauzoleum Muhammad V and register in the Golden Book.” (translated from Klix)
“Mr. President, it is important for this Senate and this country to once again be interested in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During my time in Congress, and particularly since joining the U.S. Helsinki Commission, which I now chair, the Western Balkans have been an ongoing concern of mine. Although our relationship with all of these countries of the Western Balkans is important, the United States has a specific interest, a particular interest, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We need to concentrate more on that.
I had the opportunity in July to lead a nine-member bicameral delegation to Bosnia. The delegation sought to see more of the country and to hear from its citizens, rather than meet only in the offices of senior Bosnian officials. We visited the small town of Trebinje in the entity of Republika Srpska, and we visited the city of Mostar in the entity of the Federation. Then, we went on and visited in Sarajevo, the capital, engaging with international officials, the Bosnian Presidency, and citizens seeking a better Bosnia.” (full statement at CSCE)