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Yugoslavia: Kostunica Signs Agreements With Republika Srpska

Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina; 5 March 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica today signed an accord with the Bosnian-Serb entity of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The agreement, signed in Banja Luka by Kostunica and Republika Srpska President Milan Sarovic, is aimed at boosting economic and social ties.

Kostunica and Sarovic pledged to contribute to the social, democratic and economic development of Yugoslavia and the Republika Srpska -- as well as the whole of Bosnia and the Balkan region.

The agreement contains only general outlines. Details are to be negotiated in supplements once the accord is ratified by legislators.

Bosnia was administratively divided into two entities -- the Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation -- under the 1995 Dayton peace accords. The Muslim-Croat Federation established similar special relations with Croatia some three years ago.

Kostunica is making his first official visit to Republika Srpska since he came to power last October.