Bosnia, Serbia sign partnership agreements

Bosnia and Serbia hold joint session to increase cooperation, sign protocol to search for missing persons

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, right, accompanied by Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, left, inspect the honor guard, during an official welcoming ceremony in Sarajevo , Bosnia, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) signed a protocol of cooperation to search for missing persons and four more agreements after a joint session on Wednesday.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Bosnian Council Ministers Chairman Denis Zvizdic agreed on implementing all necessities without any delay to solve of all relevant cases of missing persons.

Serbian government visited the most important neighbour Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Balkans to improve their relationship after BiH separated from former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Other agreements that signed are the memorandum of understanding, export and import of armament and military equipment.

Moreover, the governments signed agreements on environmental protection, telecommunication and sustainability agreement to preserve the Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge in Visegrad, Serbia.

Cooperation on hot topics

The two parties also made a cooperation deal for future infrastructural and energy projects which also is the most important topic of railway between Belgrade-Sarajevo, media reports.

After a joint session with BiH, Vucic told reporters that the agreements and session is a message of rational approach and joint look into the future.

“We can hardly find a more important partner in the region,” Vucic said on press conference adding that both countries would be an engine of development in the region and the whole of Europe.

Trade relations have been improving by the day between Serbia and BiH.

Vucic said that Serbia aims to make BiH a main trade partner in the region, in where trades between the two countries have risen by 10 percent per year since 2013.

"For the first time we have a larger number of investors from both sides of the Drina River who are interested in investing into Serbia and BiH. We become increasingly important to each other," Vucic said.

Within these developments, Serbia and BiH are cooperating on border issues. The countries have had disputes over some regions in which they have not yet resolved. 

“97 percent of our borders are known, and as for the remaining three percent, I am certain that we will find a solution,” Vucic told a press conference in Sarajevo.

Zvizdic added that joint sessions with the governments of Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia are planned to be held in the future as well.

Such sessions are important for the settling of many issues, including those related to borders, he stressed.

Prime Minister Vucic visited BiH to pray tribute on July for the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide victims.

He was attacked by stone-throwing mourners at a commemoration because he had said in the 1990s war that Serbs will kill 100 Muslims if even one Serb is killed.

Srebrenica, where thousands of Bosnian Muslims were killed by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995 and in where many people went missing.  


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