United Serb Republic

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United Serb Republic
Unrecognized state



Flag Coat of arms
Only Unity Saves the Serbs
Bože Pravde ("God of Justice")
United Serb Republic (Light blue) and FR Yugoslavia (dark) (Serb territories)
Capital Pale
Languages Serbian
Religion Serbian Orthodoxy
Government Confederation
President Milan Martić RSK
Radovan Karadžić RS
Legislature National Assembly
Historical era Yugoslav Wars
 •  Assembly May 1995
 •  Operation Storm August 7, 1995
Currency Krajina and Republika Srpska dinar

The United Serb Republic was a project of unifying into a single independent state, two self-proclaimed Serbian states, the Republic of Serbian Krajina (RSK) in Croatia and Republika Srpska (RS) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the intent of it later being annexed by the "mother-state of Serbia".[1]

On 28 February 1991, the Croatian Serbs declared their secession from Croatia[2] and adopted a resolution declaring their desire to unite with Serbs in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.[3] On 27 June, the unification of the self-proclaimed Serbian Autonomous Oblasts (SAOs) of Krajina in Croatia and Bosanska Krajina in Bosnia and Herzegovina was declared in response to the "disintegration of Yugoslavia, caused by the secession of Slovenia and Croatia" and on "the principle that all Serbs should live in one state."[4] On 24 October, the SAO Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Syrmia joined the united state.[5] The Bosnian Serb Assembly organised a referendum on 10 November 1991, which concluded that the Serb people in Bosnia and Herzegovina would remain in a Yugoslav state with Serbia, Montenegro and the SAO's.[6]

On 26 December 1991, Serbia, Montenegro, and the Serb rebel-held territories in Croatia agreed that they would form a new "third Yugoslavia".[7] Efforts were also made in 1991 to include SR Bosnia and Herzegovina within the federation, with negotiations between Miloševic, Bosnia's Serbian Democratic Party, and the Bosniak proponent of union - Bosnia's Vice-President Adil Zulfikarpašić taking place on this matter.[8] Zulfikarpašić believed that Bosnia could benefit from a union with Serbia, Montenegro, and Krajina, thus he supported a union which would secure the unity of Serbs and Bosniaks.[8] Miloševic continued negotiations with Zulfikarpašić to include Bosnia within a new Yugoslavia, however efforts to include the whole of Bosnia within a new Yugoslavia effectively terminated by late 1991 as Alija Izetbegović planned to hold a referendum on independence while the Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Croats formed autonomous territories.[8] The independence referendum was organised unconstitutionally and it failed to attain constitutionally required two-third majority voter turnout. The total turn out of voters was 63.4% of which 99.7% voted for the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 3 March, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegović declared the independent Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the parliament ratified the action. On 6 April, the United States and the European Economic Community recognized Bosnia and Herzegovina as an independent state and on 22 May it was admitted into the United Nations.

On 30 May 1993, an agreement on cooperation was reached between the Republic of Serbian Krajina and Republika Srpska.[9] On 20 June 1993, the Republic of Serbian Krajina held a referendum asking Serb voters if they supported unification with Republika Srpska asking: "Are you for the sovereignty of RSK, unification with RS and at a later date with the rest of the Serbian territories?".[9] It passed with "clear endorsement"[10] having 98.6 percent of voters voted in favor.[9] Prior to this Serb generals in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia formed a military alliance in the event that "Western Serbia" was attacked.[9] In late May 1995, the Parliament of the Republic of Serbian Krajina made the decision to unite with the Republika Srpska.[11]

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  • In English, it is known as "United Serb Republic"[12] or "United Serbian Republic"[11]


  1. ^ Međimorec 2002, pp. 29-30.
  2. ^ Ramet 2006, p. 383.
  3. ^ Bethlehem & Weller 1997, p. xxvi.
  4. ^ Bethlehem & Weller 1997, p. xxvii.
  5. ^ Bethlehem & Weller 1997, p. xxxi.
  6. ^ Bosnien-Herzegowina, serbischer Teil, 10. November 1991 : Unabhängige Serbische Republik in Bosnien-Herzegowina Direct Democracy
  7. ^ Sabrina P. Ramet. Serbia Since 1989: Politics and Society Under Milošević and After. University of Washington Press, 2005. pp. 55–56.
  8. ^ a b c Steven L. Burg, Paul S. Shoup. The War in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention. Armonk, New York, USA: M.E. Sharpe, 2000. ISBN 9781563243097 pp. 72-73.
  9. ^ a b c d Međimorec 2002, p. 171.
  10. ^ Caspersen 2011, p. 117.
  11. ^ a b Barić 2008, p. 97.
  12. ^ Daily Report: East Europe. The Service. 1995. p. 28. [Karadžić] We hoped that the United Serb Republic would have two seas: