Bosnia's Muslim leader warns Serb side over referendum

A Muslim leader in Bosnia has warned that his Bosnian Serb counterpart is “playing with fire” by planning a controversial referendum on when the country’s Serbs celebrate their national day. Earlier this month, Bosnian Serb lawmakers stirred controversy by announcing a referendum would be held in September — a week before local elections — on whether to keep celebrating their statehood day on January 9, a contentious date in the eyes of Bosnia’s non-Serb communities. Since the end of the 1992-1995 war, Bosnia has been divided into two semi-independent entities — one run by Serbs, and a Muslim-Croat Federation.

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