Agreement on Special Parallel Relations
Concluded between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, on the one hand, and
Republika Srpska, on the other, in Belgrade, on 28 February 1997.
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Republika Srpska,
Guided by the principles of the Dayton/Paris Agreement on Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the Paris Charter,
Inspired by the centuries-long interests of the Serb people to develop in peace,
stability, understanding and equality with other peoples of the region and Europe,
Firmly committed to strengthening mutual ties and promoting democracy, peace,
freedom and respect for human rights and freedoms,
Determined to contribute to understanding among peoples and goodneighbourliness
in the region,
Convinced that towards that goal continued efforts to promote the rule of law
and mutual cooperation are needed,
Have agreed as follows:
The Federal Republic and Republika Srpska (hereinafter the Parties) confirm
their determination to promote their relations on the basis of friendship,
confidence, cooperation and respect of mutual interest, in accordance with the
principles of independence, non-interference in internal affairs, equality and
respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The Parties confirm their opposition to the use or threat of force in interna-
tional relations and their firm support for the resolution of international con-
flicts and disputes by peaceful means.
In their overall relations and cooperation, the Parties shall be guided by the
goals of peace, stability and progress for all peoples and states on the basis
of equality, democracy and market economy.
The Parties shall contribute, by the development of their relations, to the fostering of international cooperation aÌÌÌÌÌÌÌÌànd understanding and will invest joint efforts with a view to strengthening the role of the United Nations in the preservation and promotion of international peace and security.
The Parties confirm their full commitment to, and respect for, international
standards and obligations in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
and are ready to cooperate in resolving international humanitarian problems.
A Council for Cooperation shall be set up (hereinafter 'Council').
The President of the Council is the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the Vice-President is the president from Republika Srpska on the
Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Council shall consist of 7 (seven) members - 3 (three) appointed by the
President and 2 (two) by the Vice-President of the Council.
establishment of special parallel relations;
The Council shall encourage, plan and harmonize comprehensive cooperation, particularly in the fields of:
culture, education, science, technology, information, sport and other fields of human creativity;
economic development and progressive linking of production, trade, energetics,
infrastucture and finance, with a view to creating a single market;
economic renewal, reconstruction and development;
transport, traffic and communications;
production, exploitation and transmission of energy;
tourism and protection of the environment;
social policies, health-care protection;
prevention of natural disasters and elimination of the consequences thereof;
cooperation of non-governmental organizations;
migration, immigration and asylum;
combating terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, arms smuggling, money laundering, threats to civilian air traffic and all other forms of organized crime;
state border-crossing regime;
harmonization of foreign policies and approach to third countries and international organizations;
harmonization of legal and other regulations, extension of legal assistance;
resolution of succession issues of the former SFRY;
other fields of mutual interest for the Parties.
With a view to realizing an efficient cooperation in the above fields, as well
as the goals and provisions of this Agreement, the Parties may conclude specific
The Council shall meet as may be necessary, at least once in three months.
The Governments of the Parties shall review the initiatives, recommendations and
conclusions of the Council within fifteen (15) days.
In cases which pose a threat or danger to international peace and security, the
Council shall be obliged to meet.
The Council may set up working bodies to carry out certain tasks or for certain
fields of cooperation, if it deems it necessary.
The Parties shall, as soon as possible, take up activities to establish special
parallel relations for the prosperity of their people and citizens and the creation of stable conditions for development, taking into account the sovereignty
and territorial integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia respectively.
The Parties shall not allow the use of their territories for aggression against
the other Party.
The Parties hereby undertake not to extend any military or any other assistance
to an aggressors or aggressors, in case one of the Parties is exposed to armed
attack by a third Party or Parties.
In case of such an attack, the Parties shall, with a view to containing the aggression and eliminating its consequences, invest all efforts in accordance with
the Charter of the United Nations and use all possibilities envisaged by the UN
and other international organizÌÌÌÌÌÌÌÌàations and arrangements.
The terms and modalities of cooperation in the field of regional security the
Parties will regulate more precisely through a separate agreement.
The Parties shall particularly encourage joint investments in economy, transfer
of technologies, infrastructural links, joint access to third markets and towards that end shall create appropriate conditions by regulations, economic
policies, standardization and mutual contractual relations.
With a view to promoting economic cooperation, the Parties shall set up a Joint
The Parties are committed to the principle of free movement of people, goods,
capital, and of cultural information and other values.
The citizens of the Parties shall not be required to obtain visas and pay taxes
to cross the border. The customs authorities shall cooperate in facilitating
cross-border movement of goods, as well as in prevention of customs violations.
The Parties shall promote the development of contacts and cooperation between
their Parliaments, as well as regional and local authorities and institutions.
They shall encourage cooperation between their youth organizations, trade
unions, educational and sports institutions, as well as expert, humanitarian and
other social organizations.
This Agreement shall be subject to ratification by the Federal Assembly of the
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Parliamentary Assembly of
Bosnia-Herzegovina, pursuant to their Constitutional provisions.
In witness whereof, the undersigned signed and affixed their seals to this
Agreement, made in 3 (three) identical copies, at Belgrade, on 28 February 1997.
|For the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia
President of the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia