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Bosnian Serb Parliament Approves New Government

15 February 2005 -- The Bosnian Serb parliament today elected a new prime minister after the previous prime minister resigned in December 2004 in protest over international sanctions for his government's failure to arrest war crimes suspects.

The parliament chose Pero Bukelovic to lead the new government by a vote of 46 to 33.

Bukelovic today told parliament that his government will have to cooperate with the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, even though he described it as a "painful process."

The Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska has failed to detain any war crimes suspects wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia since the end of the 1992-1995 war.

His 16-member cabinet -- which includes four members of the previous government -- has a mandate until the end of 2006.