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Serb Autonomous Regions

From August 1990 to November 1991, during the breakup of Yugoslavia, several Serb Autonomous Regions,[1][2] or Districts[3] (sing. Serbian: Српска аутономна област (САО) / Srpska autonomna oblast (SAO)) were proclaimed in the Yugoslav republics of SR Croatia and SR Bosnia and Herzegovina in light of the possible secession of the republics from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. These were autonomous Serb-inhabited entities that subsequently united in their respective republic to form the Republic of Serbian Krajina in Croatia and the Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

SAOs in Croatia

SAOs in Croatia (1990)

SAOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Serb Democratic Party established SAOs in Serb-inhabited territories. Between September–November 1991, six entities had been proclaimed.[4] The Serbs set up their own parliament, having left the Bosnian parliament in October 1991. The Serb parliament proclaimed the "Serb Republic" (Republika Srpska) on 27 March 1992.

See also


  1. ^ Marko Attila Hoare (2004). How Bosnia armed. Saqi Books in association with the Bosnian Institute. ISBN 978-0-86356-367-6.
  2. ^ Charles W. Ingrao; Thomas A. Emmert (15 September 2012). Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies: A Scholars' Initiative. Purdue University Press. pp. 125–. ISBN 978-1-55753-617-4.
  3. ^ John Oppenheim; Willem-Jan van der Wolf; Global Law Association (2003). Global war crimes tribunal collection. Global Law Association.
  4. ^ Nina Caspersen (15 January 2010). Contested Nationalism: Serb Elite Rivalry in Croatia and Bosnia in the 1990s. Berghahn Books. pp. 82–. ISBN 978-1-84545-791-4.

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