Bosnia in political crisis





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Published on May 9, 2011

Bosnia-Herzegovina is facing its most serious crisis since it was established as a state 15 years ago, the international representative for the country has warned, accusing Bosnian Serb officials of threatening its viability.

In a regular report to the United Nations, Valentin Inzko, an Austrian diplomat who represents Bosnia, accused Bosnian Serb authorities of engaging in "concrete actions which represent the most serious violation of [the 1995 the Dayton peace accords that ended the Bosnian war] that we have seen since the agreement was signed".

The Bosnian Serb parliament's latest challenge to Bosnia's central authority was to back plans last month for a referendum that questions the legality of Bosnia's national court. Bosnian Serb officials say the court, which prosecutes suspects of war crimes, is biased against Serbians.

Kristen Saloomey has the story from New York.

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