Bosnia’s predominantly Serb entity is celebrating twenty years since its creation on Monday, with the Serbian president and other top politicians set to make appearances.
Republika Srpska, one of the two entities that make up Bosnia and Herzegovina, is celebrating its founding on Monday with a number of events in Banja Luka. The celebration has prompted condemnations from some in the other entity, the mainly Bosniak-Croat federation.
Republika Srpska was founded after the Serb leadership formed an assembly and proclaimed the Republic of the Serb People of Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 9, 1992. The ‘republic’ was later renamed Republika Srpska.
The first president of Republika Srpska was Radovan Karadzic, who was later indicted for war crimes committed during the war in Bosnia and is currently on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.