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Ban Ki-moon visits BiH
Monday, July 23, 2012
Zeljko Komsic in writing sought from the President of the SDP Municipal Organization of Novo Sarajevo to be deleted from the membership records of the SDP, which means he will cease to be a formal member of the SDP BiH.
The U.S. State Department has awarded $62,600 for the restoration of the national monument Bridge on Zepa, after the Commission for Preserving National Monuments, as a part of regular cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in BiH Office Public Affairs, has submitted a project proposal for the restoration of the bridge. The Bridge on Zepa was declared a BiH national monument in January 2005.
The visa-less regime in BiH is not threatened, nor is there a possibility of its abolition, chief of the Monitoring Team for the implementation of the visa-less regime Bakir Dautbasic said. Dautbasic, who is also the Secretary of the Ministry of Security of BiH, emphasized that the large number of asylees represents the only problem, which is most harmful to the image of BiH, but that he cannot for the time being speak to the abolition of the visa-free regime.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The SDP BiH Presidency at session noted that party vice president until yesterday, Zeljko Komsic, is no longer a member of the SDP, as party leader Zlatko Lagumdzija said. "The Presidency concluded that it was his personal decision, a personal act, and should be considered as such. Zeljko Komsic is no longer a member of the SDP, of his own request, by written statement in which he expressed his personal decision."
The team of observers that the Congress of Local and Regional Elections of the Council of Europe sent to Srebrenica to oversee voter registration before local elections in BiH called for 7 October has not been allowed access to the police station in the city, the location where citizen registration takes place - an integral part of the process of passive registration of voters. Since it appears that Republika Srpska will not change their current position in connection with this issue, the Congress will withdraw the observers from Srebrenica, to the sorrow of Congress President Keith Whitmore.
An extraordinary session of the FBiH House of Peoples was completed in Sarajevo. At the session, among other things, the decision on submitting a request to the Constitutional Court of FBiH for its deliberation on dismissing FBiH President Zivko Budimir for unworthiness of performing the duties of the office was adopted. Thirty-six delegates voted for the measure, seven voted against, and three abstained.
BiH Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija and U.K. Ambassador in BiH Nigel Casey in Sarajevo signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Ministers and the government of the United Kingdom on the activities and status of the British Council in BiH. Signing the Memorandum was initiated by the British government to regulate the legal framework of the British Council's operations in BiH, which until now were governed by an agreement that the British government reached with the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1966.
The current government of Republika Srpska increasingly resembles the ship Costa Concordia that ran aground in Italy on 13 January and from which first fled the captain and crew, as member of the Central Committee and SDS Deputy in the RS National Assembly (NSRS) Zoran Latinovic illustrated the present state of the executive in RS.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
SDA leader Sulejman Tihic, responding to allegations of SDP leader Zlatko Lagumdzija that the SDA is agitating the SDP, said that the SDA, and he personally, have never interfered in the internal relations of any other party, unlike the leaders of other parties who are constantly trying to make some division in SDA or in their heads to create a reconstruction of party on one, the second or third block
The UN Secretary-General arrived in Sarajevo and immediately headed to the building of BiH Presidency where he held the first meetings as part of a two-day visit to BiH. Ban Ki-moon in Sarajevo, with the highest BiH officials, discussed the current political situation, the country's accession to Euro-Atlantic integration and cooperation in the Western Balkans.
After the Social Democratic Union (SDUBiH) publicly presented its proposed implementation of the International Court in Strasbourg's ruling in the Sejdic-Finci v. BiH case, it was presented to both all parliamentary parties and Dervi Sejdic and Jakob Finci, press release from the party states. The SDU emphasizes that they received feedback from Finci, in which, inter alia, it says: "I hope that your proposal falls on 'fertile ground' and open ears of those who decide on it."
BiH Mission to the EU chief Igor Davidovic in Brussels signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Commission on BiH's accession to the EU program "Europe for Citizens." Europe for Citizens is an EU program that encourages cooperation between citizens and organizations in the program's member states and provides support, inter alia, to groups of citizens, NGOs, and local authorities.
Thrusday, July 26, 2012
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in the Memorial Center Potocari-Srebrenica. The Chairman of the BiH Presidency, who came with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Memorial Center Potocari Srebrenica, spoke to Ban after honoring the victims of genocide and meeting with survivors of Srebrenica, saying that his arrival at the place of genocide is a brave act. Mother of Srebrenica Hatidza Mehmedovic, who lost two sons and husband in the genocide, said that she criticized Ban Ki-moon for not previously coming to pay homage to the victims. "I will seek the UN Resolution of 1993 implementation, by which the UN guaranteed lives and then gave us the killing. We can't return to the past, but we can provide to young people a better future," Mehmedovic said. Also, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as a part of two-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, visited the Asim Ferhatovic-Hase Olympic Stadium. In the honorary circle running track at the stadium he was joined by BiH Olympian Islam Djugum.
Tanja Fajon, Member of the European Parliament, said that internal political events in BiH cannot hinder the effective and legitimate democratic processes and fulfilling the roadmap to the EU. "BiH must function efficiently and quickly, as one country, and politicians must have in mind that they are separating internal politics from approaching the EU, because that topic is of supranational importance that exceeds the interparty struggle and negotiations concern every BiH citizen," Fajon said.
Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) Vice President Ognjen Tadic said that in some Sarajevo circles, there is talk of the "possible founding of a new political party in FBiH, whose leader would be Zeljko Komsic, with some other dissatisfied people from FBiH circles, and which would most likely be called the Patriot League of BiH."
The Association of BiH Journalists and the Helsinki Commission for Human Rights sent a demand to the Commission for Election and Appointment of the House of Peoples and House of Representatives of FBiH that they respect the Law on RTVFBiH in initiating the procedure and election of members of the RTVFBiH Administrative Board.
Friday, July 27, 2012
SNSD Executive Secretary Rajko Vasic believes that the SDP, under supposedly ideal symmetric solutions for the Sejdic-Finci ruling, is trying to unitize BiH and bring Republika Srpska to a position that its representatives in state organs are elected in Sarajevo. "As far as we're concerned, Lagumdzija can for years pay his explanations for false responsibility 'for every BiH citizen,' but RS will not accept any changes to the span of Dayton positions and independence in the framework of the state union of BIH," Vasic emphasizes.
Member of the BiH Presidency Zeljko Komsic met with representatives of 15 civil society organizations (CSO) in BiH, with whom he discussed the current political situation in BiH and the agreement that emerged in public, and concerns the resolution of the Sejdic-Finci issue. The common belief is that this agreement is disastrous for BiH and her citizens and that with the eventual implementation of this agreement, the degree of discrimination of BiH citizens will increase, depending on their place of residence and how they declare themselves.
High Representative Valentin Inzko reacted to an interview with RS President Milorad Dodik, published on 26 July in EuroBlic, referring to Republika Srpska's status as an entity in the sovereign state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. "As the final authority regarding interpretation of the Dayton Accord, in accordance with Annex 10, I want to explain a few things clearly. There is only one country on the territory of BiH, and that is BiH," Inzko emphasized in a statement given on the occasion.
An article on the renovation of part of the main street in Sarajevo - Ferhadija, which was financed by Stari Grad Mayor and member of the SBB Ibrahim Hadzibajric with budgetary funds without conducting a tender, and thus violating the Law on Public Procurement in our country, was enough for Oslobodjenje to receive a unilateral termination of our lease agreement for office space in the municipality. Termination of the contract was signed by Deputy Mayor Alija Kamber under the authority of Hadzibajric, and as a reason was cited the need to expand municipal services.
Saturday, July 29, 2012
On the occasion of the cancellation of daily newspaper Oslobodjenje's lease by Stari Grad Municipal Mayor Ibrahim Hadzibajric, the leadership of the Cantonal Board of the SDU BiH sharply condemned such behavior. "The SDU BiH in its political work has always been principly on the side of freedom of media without favoritism, rejecting and condemning any pressure on the media, even when it was about negative reporting on the SDU BiH, because freedom of the press is essentially the best corrective factor for a democratic society".
Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik today said that it is inappropriate for the US Embassy in BiH to hold lectures for anyone on the issue of internal politics, and emphasized that BiH institutionally is getting ever heavier and cannot be saved even by a declaration from the US Embassy. "The time has passed when the American Embassy can hold a lecture for us. They are trying to retain the right to interfere in the internal affairs of BiH," Dodik said in Rogolji at Bosanska Gradiska.