Sunday, 29. March 2015 - 11:03
31. 05. 10. - 13:00
The Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and the Prime Minister of one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BH) governing entities Republika Srpska (RS) Milorad Dodik have expressed satisfaction with their meeting that took place over the weekend.
"We are thankful for Josipovic’s decision because a direct visit is the best way to ensure solutions to the problems of those who live here," Dodik said after the meeting in Derventa.
Both said this was a first meeting out of many they expect to have in the future to address questions of mutual interest such as the protection of the River Sava, building of hydroelectric plants and getting rid of bureaucratic red tape preventing refugees from entering.
Josipovic said that BH is an important partner for Croatia, who supports its unity and the equality of all of its peoples, the Croatian daily Jutarnji List writes.
"Bosnia and Herzegovina is peaceful and stable and arranged according to its people’s wants," Josipovic said.
Milorad Dodik, who had in the past advocated RS secession from Bosnia and Herzegovina, confirmed his commitment to a unified country arranged according to the Dayton Agreement that has created two governing entities (RS and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH)). He also emphasised internal agreements over outside intervention.
Dodik invited Croats to return to Posavina assuring them that the RS would ensure their security and peaceful existence.
Josipovic said that his visit’s objective is to encourage the return of Croats who used to live in these parts. Some 50 percent of Croats have returned to FBH, while only five percent have returned to the RS.
Together with other representatives of the Croatian government, President of RS Rajko Kuzmanovic, and president of (Bosniak) Party of Democratic Action (SDA) Sulejman Tihic, Josipovic and Dodik laid wreaths outside of the memorial church for Serb victims of paramilitary Croatian forces who died in 1992.
Josipovic said that they came to pay respects to the victims and give condolences to their families.
"I think it is especially important that we have people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds here," Josipovic said.
Dodik added that this gesture is the best way for building coexistence, peace and stability in the region.
World's oldest Aga discovered in Croatia
Lead researcher Marcel Buric - from the Department of Prehistoric Archaeology at Zagreb's Faculty of Philosophy - said the find was significant because the kiln was covered to protect the rest of the building from fire.
Varazdin helps flood hit Gunja
The Northern Croatian town of Varazdin has collected donations worth over 50,000 Euro for the floods hit eastern village of Gunja.
Drunken and violent Poles arrested in Zadar
Two Polish tourists have been arrested in Croatian coastal town of Zadar.
Six arrested as Israeli football fans attacked in Split
Police in Croatia have arrested six people for an attack on Israeli football fans in a street in the centre of the Adriatic port of Split.
Great start for Croat clubs in Europa League
Croatian football clubs have started with maximum points in qualifications of the Europa League.
Blanka Vlasic delights with her football juggling skills
The world's high jump champion Blanka Vlasic has delighted her fans with her football skills.
Rainbow Warrior visits Adriatic
The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior has arrived for a visit in Croatia.
World Academy of Arts and Science organizes courses in Dubrovnik
In Autumn 2014 The World Academy of Art & Science and The World University Consortium are organising graduate level courses at Inter University Centre, Dubrovnik in Croatia.
Eduardo joins Flamengo
The agreement between the forward and Flamengo will be signed on the morning of Thursday, at the clubhouse in Gávea. Just as was done with the Argentine Héctor Canteros, he should receive the shirt of Flamengo from a partner-supporter chosen by the club. It is likely that he will use the number 23 at least until the end of the season.
Rijeka to open concession contract for Tito's yacht Galeb
Officials in the western Croatian city of Rijeka have decided to put out a concession contract for the luxury yacht Galeb once owned by the former Yugoslav president Tito.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days