U.S. condemns "illegal RS referendum"

The United States on Monday condemned "the illegal referendum" held on Sunday in the Serb Republic (RS), the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Source: Tanjug
(Getty Images, file)
(Getty Images, file)

A statement posted on the U.S. State Department's website said that the referendum - during which citizens decided to continue marking January 9 as RS Day - was held "in direct contravention of a decision by the Constitutional Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina."

"The United States condemns this illegal referendum and will support local institutions as they seek to hold the RS leadership accountable for undermining the rule of law and obstructing implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords," the statement said, and added:

"We call on all parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina to refrain from further divisive actions and rhetoric and focus on urgently needed social, political, and economic reforms."

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