BANJA LUKA – Republika Srpska Minister of Education and Culture Goran Mutabdžija will hold a meeting with heads of the teams of elementary and secondary school principals on Friday regarding the start of the second semester of the school year 2013/2014.
BANJA LUKA – The current weather conditions are devastating for orchards and it is estimated that this year’s crops will be very poor, Nada Zavišić, head of the department of fruit growing and viticulture of the Republika Srpska Institute of Agriculture, said on Friday.
BIJELJINA – The Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Saturday in memory of the first Christians who embraced the faith at the very beginning of Christian sermons.
BANJA LUKA – Republika Srpska Minister of Education and Culture Goran Mutabdžija will attend the opening ceremony of the 7th International Küstendorf Film and Music Festival in Drvengrad on Mt Mokra Gora on Saturday.
SARAJEVO – The scientific and expert conference Jahorina Business Days 2014 will take place from February 4 to 7 at the Hotel Termag, the main topics being innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism, the conference secretariat told Srna.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
BRUSSELS – EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle is coming to Sarajevo on Friday to meet with local politicians in an effort to find a way for Bosnia and Herzegovina to finally get moving on the European path, Füle’s spokesman Peter Stano told Srna.
BANJA LUKA – Leader of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) Milorad Dodik and the party’s international secretary Željka Cvijanović will attend the meeting of EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle and leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina political parties in Sarajevo on Friday.
BRČKO – The Socialist Party Brčko Board will hold an inaugural session on Friday with party leader Petar Đokić attending, board chairman Boro Ristić said.
BANJA LUKA – In 2012, the Court of BiH had 51 judges and none of them managed to fulfil the annual quota in resolving the cases of war crimes, organised crime, corruption or other serious offences. The poorest performance was that of the Court President, Meddžida Kreso.
SARAJEVO – The Appellate Panel of the Court of BiH scheduled the first hearing in the case of Nikola Andrun for Friday, after the Constitutional Court of BiH had cancelled Andrun’s judgement over an incorrect application of the criminal code.
SARAJEVO – Members of the State Investigation and Protection Agency arrested a person identified as S.B. in the area of Prijedor on Friday morning on suspicion that he committed war crimes against civilian population.
FEDERATION OF BiH
SARAJEVO – Croatian Party of Rights MP Stanko Primorac has filed an official request to the House of Representatives of the Federation Parliament to include on the agenda of its special session scheduled for January 22 the point regarding the removal from office of FBiH President Živko Budimir, the party’s former member.
SARAJEVO – The 2014 Federation of BiH privatisation plan envisages the sale of assets or capital of 11 enterprises, Šuhret Fazlić, Director of the FBiH Privatisation Agency, said on Friday.
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA – People of Kosovska Mitrovica observed a day of mourning on Friday honouring the late Dimitrije Janićijević, a city councillor who was murdered on Wednesday night.
BELGRADE – Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić sharply condemned the murder of councillor in the municipal assembly of northern Kosovska Mitrovica Dimitrije Janićijević, demanding the authorities find and punish the perpetrator as soon as possible.
WASHINGTON – The United States condemned the murder of councillor Dimitrije Janićijević and urged the Priština authorities to conduct a probe into the incident and punish the responsible.
BELGRADE – There are indications that descendants of Prince Tomislav Karađorđević will again claim from Slovenia their Villa Bled, the dynasty’s summer residence.
UŽICE – The International Küstendorf Film and Music Festival kicks off on Saturday, January 18. The event gathers some of the famous names including Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director who won an Academy Award, the renowned writer Guillermo Arriaga, Argentine actress Bérénice Bejo and French singer Zaz.
THE HAGUE – Defence witness in the Radovan Karadžić before the ICTY, Prvoslav Davinić, testified on Friday that in June 1996 in Pale, Karadžić had told him that the Army of Republika Srpska had not fired the grenade that killed and injured dozens of civilians at Sarajevo’s Markale Market in August 1995.
BELGRADE – Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić says that Serbia and Croatia’s mutual genocide lawsuits to be dealt with by the International Court of Justice at The Hague will have a negative effect on the bilateral relations, expressing concern over the explicit spreading of hatred against the Serbs and their culture and language in Croatia.
PODGORICA – The Podgorica-based dailies Dan and Vijesti left the third page in their Friday editions blank in protest of violence against journalists.