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Bosnian Serbs Accept Joint Bosnian Army

31 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The parliament of the Srpska Republic has voted to abolish its Defense Ministry and transfer its authority to the joint command of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The vote late on 30 August in the regional capital Banja Luka is part of defense reforms demanded by NATO to admit Bosnia-Herzegovina to its Partnership for Peace program.

The other part of Bosnia-Herzegovina -- the Muslim-Croat Federation -- is also expected to hold a similar vote with a similar result expected in a few days.

That should pave the way for Bosnia-Herzegovina to have a new joint professional army by the beginning of January.


See also:

"NATO Aims To Merge Rival Armies Into Single Bosnian Force"