"1,000 police officers to guard Bosnian Presidency members"

1,000 plainclothes and uniformed police will be tasked with providing security for the members of Bosnia's Presidency when they arrive here on Wednesday.

Source: Blic

This is according to a report in the Belgrade-based daily Blic.

Bakir Izetbegovic, Mladen Ivanic and Dragan Covic will visit Serbia at the invitation of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, who invited them after being brutally attacked on July 11 at Srebrenica.

The meeting will probably be held in the resort of Karadjordjevo in northwestern Serbia.

As the daily said it learned, it is expected that members of the Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) will arrive in Belgrade today to take part in the preparations, and hold a meeting with members of the MUP (Interior Ministry) and the BIA (Security-Information Agency).

After that meeting the route along which the guests from Sarajevo will move will be devised, according to the article.

Streets will be closed and opened again along the motorcade's route as it passes, while traffic patrols will be deployed "everywhere," says the daily.

The cars with the delegation of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina will be accompanied by three vehicles "with the most experienced members" the Serbian directorate tasked with providing security for VIPs.

The paper added, quoting a source, that the vicinity of Karadjordjevo will be "practically under siege," and that "even along the Danube, river police and divers of the Gendarmerie will be on patrol."

Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic on Sunday refused to comment on the specific security measures cited by the daily.

"From the moment they enter to the moment they leave Serbia they will be absolutely safe. The obligation of the police is to guarantee their safety and I am confident that in Serbia they will not experience anything similar to what happened to Prime Minister Vucic in Potocari," Stefanovic said told Blic.

The daily noted that the investigation into that incident is being conducted by the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and that so far, no suspects have been arrested.


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