The International Community High Representative to BiH, Valentin Inzko, said that “Peace is more than just an absence of war” and that the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina want more from their country and their politicians and will no longer accept a government “on autopilot”.

Addressing the audience of a conference on the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina recently held at Oxford University, Inzko said that progress is urgently required to support the judicial system in order to revive the fight against corruption and to eliminate the constitutional anomalies in the electoral system.

‘We as the international community should not have a double standard: we need to insist more forcefully that the European values we consider vital to our own democracies are maintained in Bosnia and Herzegovina’, the High Representative stated.” (IBNA)

“President of Russia Vladimir Putin has sent clear support to the Republic of Srpska and its people, Milorad Dodik told the Novosti daily, after the meeting with the head of the Russian state on the margins of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.

He said he was honored that Putin, who has had a number of meetings with world leaders today, found time to talk with him:

‘I am very proud that RS appreciates President Putin’s attention. We talked about joint projects, concluded that cooperation was going on successfully and that it was on the rise, and we discussed the possibility of expanding cooperation. We also discussed the political situation in BiH and the region, which President Putin is very familiar with. He is committed to respecting the Dayton Accords, establishing peace and stability.'” (translated from Vecernje Novosti)

“The Government of Bosnia’s Federation (FBiH), the territorial entity shared by Bosniaks and Croats, has sent an inquiry to the state Council of Ministers (CoM) regarding the properties that are owned by Bosnian companies but located in Croatia, after Croatia’s Parliament adopted changes to their state ownership Law on Friday.

Nearly 200 properties across the Mediterranean coast, including a number of hotels, ‘Energopetrol’ gas stations and business buildings belong to companies based in Bosnia. The estimated value of those properties is about two billion Euro.

Their status, however, remains unclear as Bosnia and Croatia have not yet agreed on how the treaty on succession of property after the breakup of former Yugoslavia will be implemented.

Croatia’s Parliement on Friday adopted a new state ownership law which allows the country to rent out this property.” (N1)