BELGRADE – Bosnia-Herzegovina’s autonomous Serbian region says it will halt cooperation with the state court, prosecution office, and police in objection to a war crimes raid, RFE/RL reports.

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The government in the largely ethnic-Serbian Republika Srpska made the announcement on December 10, hours after the state police arrested five ethnic Serbs suspected of committing crimes again non-Serbs during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

The government’s decision requires the approval of the local parliament.

The move comes as Republika Srpska is threatening to hold a referendum on the jurisdiction of Bosnia’s national court, deepening concern in the West over the integrity of the highly-decentralized country 20 years after it emerged from the Bosnian war.

After the conflict, Bosnia-Herzegovina was established as a state consisting of two largely autonomous entities, the Muslim-Croat Federation and Republika Srpska.

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