Diaspora and Serbs in the Region Committee Chairman Meets with Representatives of Republic Administration for Geodetic and Property-Legal Affairs from Republic of Srpska
The Chairman of the Committee on the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region Milimir Vujadinovic pointed out that this is an extremely important political issue since there is a lot of pressure and effort invested into sealing the property status of Serbs in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina – to make sure they lose their property. He stated that the intention is for the property of Serbs who no longer live on the territory of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to pass into the hands of other owners and institutions.
The Director of the Republic Administration for Geodetic and Property-Legal Affairs from the Republic of Srpska Bosiljka Predragovic informed her host in detail about the fact that Bosnia and Herzegovina is conducting harmonisation and adjustment of cadastre and land registers, a process conducted contrary to the law without the invitation of land and real estate owners. Thus, a large number of citizens are not aware that they might lose their property, based on the legal institute of maintenance, she said. Bosiljka Predragovic added that, since the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina rejected the appeal sent by the Government of the Republic of Srpska, the Government instructed the Republic Administration for Geodetic and Property Affairs to provide legal assistance to refugees and displaced persons from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She said that six professional legal aid offices had been established which have already managed to solve the problems of Serbs living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but they need help from the Republic of Serbia to reach all the displaced persons living on its territory. Predragovic stressed that, according to estimates, there are over 350,000 Serbs who own property on the territory of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Milimir Vujadinovic pointed out that the support for the Republic of Srpska is unquestionable, especially now with Serbia being a strong state with the political will and serious political structures, led by the President of the Republic Aleksandar Vucic. He added that it is good that issues of national importance, such as this, are raised first at the political level with the operational level to follow.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of relevant institutions - the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region and the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, who expressed their willingness to contribute to resolving this important issue. In the course of the conversation, the participants agreed that it is important not only to preserve the property of Serbs in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but to provide strategic and long-term regulation of its use, and that there is a possibility of transferring ownership to the Republic of Srpska institutions or the Serbian Orthodox Church.