US Embassy condemns physical clash in Republika Srpska parliament

NEWS 24.12.2019 14:13
Source: Fena

Violence and threats have no place in democratic debate, the US Embassy in Sarajevo said following the fierce discussion on a NATO document in the parliament of Bosnia's Serb-majority entity Republika Srpska (RS) on Monday, which resulted in a physical clash.

“This is not the way to resolve differences in opinion. We strongly condemn physical attacks and urge the necessity of professional, civilized dialogue,” the Embassy tweeted.

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