Bosnian Serbs Mark 20 Years of Their ‘Republic’

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Bosnian Serbs have marked the 20th anniversary of the formation of their ministate within Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The anniversary was marked on Monday by receptions and a religious ceremony in the Bosnian-Serb capital, Banja Luka.

On January 9, 1992, Bosnian Serbs declared their own “Republika Srpska” in response to the drive by Bosnian Muslims and Croats towards independence from the then-Yugoslavia.

In the following months, Bosnians opted for independence in a referendum that was largely boycotted by the Serbs.

Republika Srpska, together with the Muslim-Croat Federation, makes up today's Bosnia.