Monday, September 17, 2007
Archaeological work is currently in progress on one of the sondes in which the remains of a Neolith culture “Butmir 1” have been discovered.
Research at the Okoliste site has entered its fifth year and according to what has been discovered so far up to 3.000 people could have lived in this settlement, which is estimated to have existed somewhere between 4.700 and 4.500 BC.
Material discovered so far indicates that this could be the largest settlement from the Neolith age discovered in Bosnia.
Even though research at this site has been going on for five years and that the Science magazine has described as one of the most important in Europe, not a single Bosnian state institution has provided financial support for this project. It is funded solely by the German Archaeological Institute.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia (September 17,2007) - The International community's Principal Deputy High Representative in Bosnia Raffi Gregorian said on Friday that Bosnia's politicians have agreed that police districts should not cross entity lines.
However, in an interview in Saturday's Bosnian daily Dnevni Avaz,a member of the Bosnian Presidency Haris Silajdzic reiterated the current two-entity structure of Bosnia is not functional and called instead for a multiethnic Bosnia based on regions.
In related news , Rosemary Di Carlo, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, warned of serious consequences for Bosnia if progress is not achieved in key fields of reform, especially police reform.
Pasic reminded that in his earlier reaction he mentioned nine crucial failures in the work of the Commission “which show that the procedure of announcing the competition and appointing candidates was implemented illegally and unfairly”.
He expressed disappointment with Hadziahmetovic’s response to his remarks and said that she reduced the entire matter to the claim that the competition was announced in accordance with the Law on Ministerial and other Appointments.
Pasic denied this claim and stressed that only the Bosnian State Ombudsmen Institutions monitors the implementation of competitions announced in accordance with that law, which also defines an important role for the Bosnian State Ombudsmen to react on official duty and not only in reaction to appeals filed by the candidates.
He said that all this shows the full absurdity of the legal situation into which the Ombudsmen have been forced into, also as candidates, because of the application of an entirely wrong law in the process of announcing competitions.
Ombudsman Pasic also criticised the media for not giving more attention to his earlier statement on errors in the work of the Commission.