Monday, November 5, 2007


BELGRADE, Serbia (October 5,2007) - Serbia’s Prime Minister, Vojislav Kostunica, has suggested that his country will try to force the break-up of Bosnia if plans were pursued for the independence of Kosovo.

“Preserving Kosovo and (the genocidal Serbian creature in Bosnia) "the RS" are now the most important goals of our state and national policy,” Serbia's Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said, before talks in Vienna today on the status of Kosovo.

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo's 90-percent ethnic Albanian majority will hold direct talks in the Austrian capital today, with barely a month to go before international mediators report back to the United Nations.

Talks began in August, but there is no deal in sight.

Kosovo has said it will declare independence with or without a deal,but it has shied away from setting a date until it gets the green light from the United States and its major allies in the European Union.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 5,2007) - Leader of the Bosnian Islamic Community Reis-l-Ulema Mustafa ef. Ceric has no intention of violating the Dayton Agreement nor to cause political instability in Bosnia, but he does have the right and obligation to perform his mission conscientiously and responsibly, which includes promoting love for the homeland, because loving the homeland is a part of the Islamic faith,Reis-l-Ulema Mustafa ef. Ceric’s Cabinet said in a statement.

Reisu-l-ulema Mustafa ef. Ceric’s Cabinet issued this statement reacting to a Spokeperson of the Office of the International Community's High Representative in Bosnia (OHR) in Banja Luka Ljiljana Radetic's call to Ceric not to violate the Dayton Agreement and cause political instability.

A statement issued by Ceric’s Cabinet underlines that everyone is free to love the country of their choice and so do Bosniaks have the right to love Bosnia as their homeland and to fight for making it a country of happy and successful people.

The statement adds that sensible people find it beyond comprehension that things that are so evidently clear need to be proved, namely that Bosnia is a country of proud people who do not accept divisions along ethnic of religious lines.

Those who believe in multiculturalism, as a high standard of civilised society, have the right to fight for organising the Bosnian state on the principle of equality of all citizens, rather than on the principle of tribal or national divisions, which is simply impossible to implement in Bosnia.

“Bosnia is a country of all its citizens, including Bosniaks,Croats,Serbs and others, to the extent to which they love it as their country and how much they work for it as their homeland”, the statement reads.

OHR described Ceric’s statement given in Detroit,USA, on Thursday as "interfering in the Bosnian Constitution and the Dayton Agreement".

Speaking in Detroit, Ceric called on all present to “support the group led by Tarik Bilalbegovic, which is lobbying in Washington for a new resolution in the U.S. Congress, which has been initiated by the Bosniak-American Advisory Council for Bosnia.

The resolution, among other things, states that "the RS entity cannot exist under its present name, which represents an ethnically exclusive political philosophy of its founders and cements the results of genocide”.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 5,2007) - Muhamed Sacirbey, former Bosnian Minister of Foreign Affairs (1995-96) and the Bosnian Ambassador to the United Nations (1992-2000) has sent an open letter to a Spokeperson of the Office of the International Community's High Representative In Bosnia (OHR) Ljiljana Radetic.The content of the entire letter follows:

"Copy to Ambassador Miroslav Lajcak

Dear Ms. Radetic,
Your have made a public response/rebuke to Reis-l-Ulema Mustafa Ceric's reported comments in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Setting aside the accuracy of your statement, in terms of your public function and statements purportedly on behalf of the OHR, it is your responsibility to inform the public of Bosnia.

First questions for Ms. Radetic:

1. By whose authority you made the response and rebuke to Reis Ceric's Detroit comments?
2. Do you consider Reis Ceric to be legally bound by the Dayton Accords, (I'm certain that he was not there as signatory when I was in Dayton)?
3. Do you see other religious leaders in Bosnia bound by the OHR's interpretations of the Dayton Accords?
4. And, who actually interpreted/defined the Reis's purported comments as being inconsistent with the Dayton Accords.
5. Do you believe that Reis Ceric and other religious leaders should be silent or that they should only voice opinions when they coincide with that of the OHR, (or your own)?

If your statements were without further authority than self inspiration, then now and in the future please make certain that it is clear that your pronouncements are personal rather than on behalf of the OHR. You are welcome to your personal opinion, as any Bosnian citizen, and it is our obligation to defend every citizens right to express their views.

If your statement is made with the full knowledge and authority of the OHR, then I think that this is not consistent not only with Dayton, but the standards of an open, democratic or Euro-Atlantic state. (If you're not certain, ask those who actually have lived in a free and open society).

Further, when we signed Dayton, we did not see ourselves as imposing any censorship upon the religious communities in Bosnia or providing with such right to censor or censure.

If Reis Ceric's comments were inciting intolerance or hatred, I would be the first to criticize him for it. We have had religion too often misused by some as a weapon for conflict or genocide.

If we expect all of our religious leaders in Bosnia to promote tolerance, pluralism and co-existence, we should also allow them to project their vision of how such an open and democratic society is to be finally achieved. It is clear that we are not there yet. Otherwise, Bosnia would no longer have a OHR or RS. Also from the background of our negotiations in Dayton, it is clear that the Accords were intended as transitional and that BiH would have to transform beyond Dayton.

So, is Reis Ceric's mistake that he was an Islamic religious leader providing political commentary? If so, in a democratic and open society, I have the right to hear his views as much as he has to state his position and I also have the right to reject or accept in part or whole such opinion. It is clear though that you do not have the right to censor or censure by law, standards of an open society or the very Dayton Accords you so dearly hold, (but remember, I was there when this book was written).

To be clear, this is a principle of broad application in democratic and open societies. I will defend it with respect to Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, Protestant or Islamic leaders, as well as proclaimed atheists. If any of them breach legality, then they should be prosecuted for incitement, or similar crimes of hatred. However, if you or the OHR simply disagree with their view, then leave it up to the free media in Bosnia to critique them for the content of their statement.

However, your censure of the Reis's purported statement in Detroit comes as someone who is an official of authority within Bosnia. There is a significantly higher standard by which any government, judicial or legal authority should censure versus a member of the free press or ordinary citizens. I fear that your rebuke will open the door to censorship and other undemocratic practices that do not foretell Europe but a totalitarian past become fashionable again in some circles, that had made my parents and many others its victims.

I fear that your rebuke will open the door to censorship and other undemocratic practices that do not foretell Europe but a totalitarian past become fashionable again in some circles, that had made my parents and many others its victims.

The point of this is not the Reis's statement, but my right to hear and decide for myself, (especially keeping in mind that he is the Spiritual leader of all Bosniaks including those of us in the US, and would you ever dare such a rebuke if you were working as an official authority in democratic Europe or US).

A secular society demands a separation of religious authority from state. While I may believe it is generally good policy to keep religion out of politics, it does not give any of us the right to silence spiritual leaders who have a view to contribute. (Again, I must also remind that especially in Bosnia we also do call upon our religious leaders to be active in promoting reconciliation as well as justice). However, it is almost always bad policy to have the state, or the OHR in this case, in the church, synagogue or mosque.

As for the substance of the Reis Ceric's statement, it is clear that Dayton cannot be the new orthodoxy in Bosnia. Neither is it the new state religion. It is transitory and mortal. We are all entitled to seek the better beyond it and to recognize the flaws and wrongs that we are obliged to change within it.

With regards,
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey"

Mr. Muhamed Sacirbey holds B.A. degree in history and J. D. degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He also holds M.B.A. degree from Columbia University. Prior to becoming the Bosnian Foreign Affairs Minister and the Bosnian Ambassador to the United Nations, he practiced as an attorney in New York City and worked for several years as an investment banker. He presently writes his book “A Convenient Genocide, in a fishbowl ” and is a commentator on human rights and political issues.


THE HAGUE, the Netherlands (November 5,2007) - The highest levels of the Croatian government secretly worked to seize part of Bosnia while pretending friendship with the Bosnian government, according to documents prosecutors have asked to be admitted as evidence in the case against six officials of the Croatians living in Bosnia currently standing trial in The Hague.

The documents, transcripts of the then Croatian President Franjo Tudjman’s conversations, show Croatian officials believed the West supported it in its undercover bid "to prevent a Muslim state being created in Europe".

Croatian war criminals Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric and Berislav Pusic were senior political and paramilitary leaders of the self-proclaimed Croatian fascist creature in Bosnia known as "Herceg Bosna" ("the HB").

They face 26 charges of war crimes for the expulsion and murder of the Bosnian civilians during the Croatian aggression against Bosnia in the early 1990's.

They are also accused of being part of a joint criminal enterprise to politically and militarily subjugate Bosnians and other non-Croatians from some parts of Bosnia and to join that territory of Bosnia to a “Greater Croatia”.

Involved in this criminal enterprise were the Croatian President Franjo Tudjman, former Croatian Defence Minister Gojko Susak and Mate Boban, president of the fascist Croatian creature in Bosnia "the HB". All three Croatian war criminals are now deceased.

On October 29, the prosecutors asked the judges to admit into evidence 87 transcripts of the Croatian President Tudjman’s meetings with various people that took place at the time relevant to the indictment.

Most of these transcripts have already been admitted in part or in full as evidence in other trials held at the Hague tribunal.

Several of the transcripts record how Tudjman ordered regular Croatian troops to be secretly sent to Bosnia to set up checkpoints and to support the Croatians living there.

“Gentlemen, we’ve succeeded, we’ve succeeded in getting not just Herceg Bosna, which is what we had. We’ve (now) got,we can say this among ourselves,half of Bosnia, if we’re good at governing it, if we govern cleverly,” said the Croatian President Franjo Tudjman at a meeting with representatives of the fascist Croatian creature in Bosnia "the HB",on November 24, 1995.

Tudjman also regularly referred to Croatia as being on the front line against the expansion of Islam, and even expressed sympathy for the genocidal Serbian aggressor because Serbians are Christians.

“Europe and the world are a bit afraid of… the creation of an Islamic (state) in Europe. So that they would even be inclined for a division (of Bosnia) to be carried out between Croatia and Serbia in order to avoid having that separate Muslim state, you know, said the Croatian President Franjo Tudjman on January 8, 1992.

The judges are expected to rule soon on whether all these transcripts will be admitted into evidence against Croatian war criminals Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric and Berislav Pusic.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 5,2007) - Just when we might think that Bosnia and Croatia are turning a new page in a shared vision, someone throws a rock that splashes water in our eyes. Worse, it seems that the dispute is unnecessary, or even provoked for internal political polarization or "pork barrel" project .

This story does not require complex analysis. Croatia wants to connect its territories without access through Bosnia. However, Bosnia has not given any pause for Croatia to regret the current road system. Further, there are several other examples of where roads interconnect sovereign territory by transcending another state. The Benelux countries offer precedent.

Certainly if Croatia expects itself and Bosnia to be part of an expanded EU, then the current arrangement would seem to fit even better into that institution and provide better opportunities for integration.

Nonetheless, Bosnia cannot dictate to Croatia to be satisfied with the current arrangement. On the other hand the Croatian Prime Minister Senader cannot unilaterally move to an option that not only infringes on Bosnia's rights, but does so unnecessarily.

A tunnel rather than a bridge is less intrusive. Under international standards, Croatia cannot unilaterally opt for an option that has a direct impact upon Bosnia's rights, including access to the open seas. Further, Croatia has an obligation to offer the least intrusive option upon Bosnia. Again, there are many such examples in the context of international relations.

The tunnel is also the least expensive as well as feasible. A Croatian designer, Ivo Rudenjak, has put forth such a proposal before the Croatian Government of Prime Minister Senader. So why is the Croatian Prime Minister ignoring this option?

Senader cannot ignore this option. If he chooses to, then Bosnia has the alternatives and rights it should pursue under international law and through the appropriate international forums.

Also,the International Community's High Representative in Bosnia Miroslav Lajcak has a responsibility to vigorously assert and remind Croatia of Bosnia's right to territorial access to international waters. and Croatia's responsibility.

However, one still must ask why the Croatian Prime Minister Senader would ignore those options that are in line with legality, logistics and economics in favor of those that would seemingly pick a fight with Bosnia?

Does Senader or his supporters have a vested interest? It is hard to phantom that the Croatian Prime Minister Senader believes that he can benefit in internal elections from picking on Bosnia, especially when his attitude would reflect the crude abuse of Serbia's Prime Minister Kostunica.

In the end, Croatians must concern themselves about what they are being asked to pay. And,those accountable to and responsible for Bosnia must act to defend the Bosnian state's legitimate interests.


ZVORNIK, Bosnia (November 5,2007) - Bosnian authorities say forensic experts have exhumed more than 120 bodies of genocide victims from a mass grave near the eastern Bosnian town of Zvornik.

Officials said that 16 complete and 113 incomplete skeletons were found. The remains are believed to be those of the Bosnian civilians from the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica mass murdered by the genocidal Serbian aggressor in 1995,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

"So far we have exhumed 16 complete and 113 incomplete skeletons," Murat Hurtic of the Bosnian Missing Persons Commission told press.

The exhumation of bodies from the site in Kamenica village, near the eastern Bosnian town of Zvornik, began two weeks ago and is expected to continue for another ten days, Hurtic said.

It is the 10th so-called secondary grave found in Kamenica,The genocidal Serbian aggressor murdered an estimated 10,000 Bosnian civilians after capturing the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, an enclave the United Nations had declared a safe area.

This mass grave near Zvornik is one of several so-called secondary graves were the Serbian aggressor reburied genocide victims in order to cover up the mass murder.

The Srebrenica mass murder is considered an act of genocide by the UN war crimes tribunal and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

About 3,000 remains of genocide victims have been identified and reburied. The partial remains of 5,000 more genocide victims are still waiting to be identified.


WASHINGTON, USA (November 5,2007) - The US Helsinki Commission will hold a hearing entitled, "Bosnia: Outstanding Issues in Post-Conflict Recovery and Reconciliation," on Thursday, November 8.

The hearing will focus on outstanding issues from the 1992-95 Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions against Bosnia and how they shape politics, society and economic development in Bosnia today.

Issues of particular interest include bringing those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide to justice, the successful return of displaced persons and refugees, and the identification of missing persons.

Like virtually all European countries, Bosnia has strong aspirations for European integration, but the legacy of the 1992-95 Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions against Bosnia has made a popular consensus to necessary reform efforts exceedingly difficult to obtain.

Raffi Gregorian - Principal Deputy High Representative and Brcko Supervisor Office of the International Community's High Representative in Bosnia,Douglas Davidson - Head of the OSCE Mision to Bosnia,Adam Boys - Chief Operating Officer International Commission on Missing Persons and Professor Diane Orentlicher - Professor of Law at the American University and Special Counsel Open Society Justice Initiative will testify at the hearing.

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 5,2007) – The US Embassy in Bosnia expressed regret over the resignation by Bosnia's Prime Minister Nikola Spiric and stressed that this development is not in the interest of the Bosnian citizens.

“We call on political leaders to ensure the functioning of the state, to refrain from further activities leading to polarisation and to initiate constructive dialogue that will allow Bosnia to return to the path of Euro-Atlantic integrations”, the US Embassy in Bosnia stated.

The US Embassy reiterated its support for the International Community's High Representative in Bosnia Miroslav Lajcak and urged all parties to stop using rhetoric aimed at undermining his mandate or mission.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 5,2007) – A member of the Bosnian Presidency Haris Silajdzic met in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo with German Ambassador to Bosnia Michael Schmunk and Italian Ambassador to Bosnia Allesandro Fallavollita to discuss the current political situation in Bosnia, especially in light of the resignation by Bosnia's Prime minister Nikola Spiric.

The ambassadors stressed that steps now need to be taken towards stabilising the situation in the country and continuing the normal functioning of the Bosnian state institutions.

Bosnian Presidency member Haris Silajdzic agreed that nothing that could lead to destabilisation should be done and that the Bosnian Presidency will before making any decisions hold consultations with Spiric.


ATHENS, Greece (November 5,2007) - The Governor of the Bosnian Central Kemal Kozaric and the Vice Governor Ljubisa Vladusic visited officially the Bank of Greece in Athens and met with the Governor Nicholas C. Garganas.

During the visit, issues of mutual concern of the two institutions were discussed focusing especially on banking supervision, foreign exchange reserves and personnel training issues.

The Governors also agreed that the Bank of Greece will plan and organize training seminars and experts meetings for the personnel of the Bosnian Central Bank.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 5,2007) - The trial of Serbian war criminals Ranko and Rajko Vukovic gets underway this week, while the trials of 19 persons indicted for war crimes are due to continue.

On Thursday, November 8, the trial of Serbian war criminals Ranko and Rajko Vukovic gets underway before the War Crimes Chamber of the Bosnian State Court.

They are charged with the murder of two Bosnian civilians in the eastern Bosnian town of Foca in 1992,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia, while Serbian war criminal Ranko Vukovic is also charged with having raped one person. The prosecution has announced that it will examine six witnesses, one of whom will testify under the pseudonym of 'A'.

According to the official timetable of the Bosnian State Court, in the first three days of this week, the trial of Serbian war criminal Zeljko Mejakic will continue. Serbian war criminals Zeljko Mejakic, Momcilo Gruban, Dusan Fustar and Dusko Knezevic are charged with the rape, beating, torture and murder of Bosnian and Croatian civilians detained by the genocidal Serbian aggressor in Omarska and Keraterm concentration camps in the early stages of the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

The trial of Serbian war criminals Mirko Todorovic and Milos Radic, charged with having participated in the shooting of fourteen Bosnian civilians in Borkovac village near the eastern Bosnian town of Bratunac in May 1992, is scheduled for today, November 5, when the Bosnian State Prosecutor is due to examine two witnesses.

On Tuesday, November 6, the trial is due to continue in the case of Sefik Alic, former assistant commander for security of the "Hamze" Battalion with the 505th Buzim Brigade, the Fifth Corps of the Bosnian Army, who is indicted for offences committed against the captured genocidal Serbian aggressor's soldiers.

Croatian war criminals Marko Radic, Dragan Sunjic, Damir Brekalo and Mirko Vracevic are due to appear before the Bosnian State Court on Wednesday, November 7, when the Bosnian State Prosecutor will continue presenting its evidence. The prosecution charges them with having committed, in the course of 1993 and 1994,during the Croatian aggression against Bosnia, murder, rape and beating of Bosnian civilians detained in the Vojno concentration camp near the southern Bosnian city of Mostar. The detained Bosnian civilians were also forced by the Croatian aggressor to perform hard labour.

On Thursday this week, the trial of Croatian war criminal Pasko Ljubicic is due to continue. The former member of the Croatian aggressor's formations is charged with having committed crimes against Bosnian civilians in the Bosnian towns of Vitez and Busovaca and the surrounding villages in 1993,during the Croatian aggression against Bosnia.

On the same day,November 8,the trial of Zijad Kurtovic,a former soldier of the Bosnian Army,is due to continue before the Bosnian State Court. The Bosnian State Prosecutor charges him with the torture and maltreatment of 20 Croatians living in Bosnia,detained in Donja Dreznica near the southern Bosnian town of Jablanica in 1993.

On Friday, November 9, the defence team of Croatian war criminal Zdravko Mihaljevic, who is charged with crimes committed in the Tulice village near the Bosnian town of Kiseljak in 1993,during the Croatian aggression against Bosnia, will continue to present its evidence.

On the same day, Serbian war criminal Jadranko Palija's defence team is due to continue presenting its evidence before the Bosnian State Court. The Bosnian State Prosecutor charges him with having participated in the intimidation, beating, capture and detention of Bosnian and Croatian civilians, and in the murder and rape of two women on the territory of the Bosnian town of Sanski Most.

The trial of Serbian war criminals Zdravko Bozic, Mladen Blagojevic, Zeljko Zaric and Zoran Zivanovic charged with genocide is also due to continue before the Bosnian State Court on Friday.

The four former members of the genocidal paramilitary formations of the Serbians living in Bosnia (VRS) are charged with having participated in the maltreatment and murder of the Bosnian civilians from the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica who were detained in the elementary school in Bratunac in July 1995,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia. The Bosnian State Prosecutor has announced that it plans to continue presenting material evidence and examine an additional witness.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 5,2007) - The Defence team of Croatian war criminal Zdravko Mihaljevic, a former member of the Croatian aggressor's formations who is charged by the Bosnian State Court with having committed war crimes against Bosnian civilians in Kiseljak area in 1993, has invited two Prosecution witnesses for an additional examination.

Elvir Huseinovic and Asim Hasic testified both as Prosecution and Defence witnesses. They spoke of the deportation of Bosnian civilians by the Croatian aggressor from the village of Tulice,during the Croatian aggression against Bosnia in the early 1990's, and the shooting of a group of Bosnian men near the local cemetery.

The indictment alleges that Croatian war criminal Mihaljevic was commander of the Croatian aggressor's "Maturice" Special Purposes Squad. The Bosnian State Prosecutor considers that he participated in the attack on Tulice village and that he opened fire at Bosnian men near the local cemetery in that village on June 12, 1993.

"They lined us up and took us in the direction of the cemetery. On our way, they ordered us to lie down two times. The order was made by a man dressed in a camouflage uniform whose face was covered with a stocking pulled over his head," Huseinovic said.

Describing the same event, Asim Hasic said that the Bosnian civilians, who were taken by the Croatian aggressor in the direction of the cemetery, were told to lie down only when they arrived there. At that moment some were called out and shot dead.

In the course of his testimony, Huseinovic explained that "a truck was waiting" for the surviving Bosnian civilians, while Hasic said that "they waited for a truck to come".

"As we were driving in the direction of the barracks in Kiseljak, a VW Golf escorted our truck. A man with a socking pulled over his head was driving it. When we stopped near Lepenica, he told Ibrahim Jahic to get off the truck and he took him away. I never saw the man with the mask again," Huseinovic said.

On the other hand, Hasic said he "did not see who took Jahic away" and that he "thinks that you it was not possible to see, from the truck, who was driving in the car behind the truck".

The indictment alleges that Ibrahim Jahic has been missing since he was taken off the truck, while other Bosnian civilians were driven to the town of Kiseljak,in central Bosnia. The Bosnian civilians were detained by the Croatian aggressor in Kiseljak, where they were forced to perform hard labour, were tortured, and many were murdered by the Croatian aggressor.

The trial of Croatian war criminal Zdravko Mihaljevic is due to continue on November 9 before the Bosnian State Court.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 5,2007) - The Defence team of Serbian war criminal Dragisa Zivanovic, one of 11 Serbian war criminals indicted by the Bosnian State Court for genocide, completed its evidence presentation process with the examination of nine witnesses, who have provided an alibi for the indictee.

Witnesses Sasa Simic and Gojko Peric said that the two of them and the indictee's brother, Slavisa Zivanovic, were supposed to start their military service on July 14, 1995. The two witnesses claim to have visited Serbian war criminal Dragisa Zivanovic's family house a day before, as he organised a farewell party for his brother. Simic said that he stayed at the party until 2.00 am and that Serbian war criminal Dragisa Zivanovic was there all that time.

The Bosnian State Prosecutor charges the 11 former members of the genocidal paramilitary formations of the Serbians living in Bosnia with involvement in the mass murder of more than 1,000 Bosnian civilians in the eastern Bosnian village of Kravica. The indictment alleges that those Bosnian civilians were captured and taken away by the genocidal Serbian aggressor on July 13, 1995.

Witnesses Nenad Mitrovic, Radisa Maksimovic, Obrenija Radovanovic, Stanka Blagojevic, Milomir Blagojevic and Zeljko Zivanovic all claim to have attended the farewell party that Serbian war criminal Dragisa Zivanovic organised for his brother. They also reiterated that they saw Zivanovic many times in Skelani "seven or eight days" before the party, as he was making the preparatory arrangements.

Witness Bogoljub Simic told the Bosnian State Court that a group of Serbians living in Bosnia, including Slavisa Zivanovic, was due to start military service on July 14, 1995.

To support this statement,Serbian war crimianal Dragisa Zivanovic's defence attorney Stanko Petrovic presented, as material evidence, a list of people who were supposed to start their military service on July 14, 1995. The list includes the names of Slavisa Zivanovic, Sasa Simic and Gojko Peric.

The next hearing is due to take place on November 14, 2007.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 5,2007) - The Bosnian Presidency announced it would try to talk Bosnia's Prime Minister Nikola Spiric out of resigning to avert a political crisis in the country.

"Our wish is not to complicate the situation, that is why we want to talk to him," the Bosnian President Zeljko Komsic, told a news conference.

President Komsic said the Bosnian Presidency could not dismiss Spiric's resignation but was hoping he would reconsider.

"It's up to him to decide on the next step," President Komsic said.

He said there was no deadline for the consultations.

The Bosnian Presidency has 30 days to nominate a prime minister-designate, who then has to propose a cabinet and win parliament approval.

If no deal can be reached, Bosnia must hold a parliamentary election, further delaying reforms that the European Union says are needed for Bosnia to progress towards the EU membership.