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Republika Srpska

Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 25 July 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What view they have taken of the long-term status of the Bosnian entity of Republika Srpska. [HL4905]

The UK recognised Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as an independent state in 1992. BiH’s constitutional arrangements and internal boundaries, which include those of the Republika Srpska, are those set out in the Dayton accords, which were concluded in Paris on 14 December 1995.

We remain firm in our support for the Dayton accords: they are the basis of the peace and stability that BiH, including the Republika Srpska, now enjoys. As we regularly make clear, both bilaterally and in multilateral fora, if the people of BiH wish to revisit their constitutional arrangements, this must be through a consensual process in accordance with constitutional procedures. We support the Peace Implementation Council in making it clear that it will not accept any changes or calls for changes in contravention of such procedures.