Cvijanovic: Srpska will bring its own law if one is not passed by BiH

Zeljka Cvijanovic

Sarajevo – Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic said that Republika Srpska is open for talks on a BiH law on permanent and temporary residence, noting that Srpska will bring its own law in case there is no such solution at the BiH level.

“We want this law to be brought. If it is not brought, we always have our own,” Cvijanovic said.

She said that her Cabinet decided how a law on residence should look like and that an initiative was sent to Parliament to bring such a law.

“We were guided by the fact that we must have this area regulated by law in the way it is regulated in European countries – with security guaranteed and data security guaranteed,” Cvijanovic told reporters in Sarajevo on Wednesday.

She feels that this causes no problem to anyone in BiH.

“It is better for these matters to be adequately regulated in half the country than not adequately regulated anywhere. We wanted to arrive at good solutions. If there are no such good solutions at the BiH level, then we will bring them ourselves for Republika Srpska,” Cvijanovic said.

She said that Republika Srpska did the same when it comes to a single personal ID number, after which someone came up with the idea that it would be better to reach agreement at the BiH level.

“We are open for talks and we want to see people at the BiH level active,” said the Prime Minister.

The BiH House of Peoples on Wednesday ended the debate on a bill amending and supplementing the BiH law on permanent and temporary residence.