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Bilec'a Municipality (Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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image by Ivan Sarajcic , 20 Febuary 1999

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In December 1998,Bilec'a approved the proposal designs of Serbian Heraldry Society for the Armorial Achievment of the municipality . It is 1:1 as well as other 20 or something newly approved banners of arms in Serbia, Montenegro and Republic of Srpska .
The township of Bilec'a is in Herzegovina (Serbian part). Banner is Gules with two crosses Agrent (taken from the crest of Coat of Arm of the Duke of St. Sava)
There is no law both in FRY and in RS that says something about banners of municipalities or cities. Those are the "banners of arms" placed on greater arms of territorial units.
Ivan Sarajcic, 20 Febuary 1999

The flag as the one adopted by Bileca is used on the crest of the Coat of Arm of Kosaca family in the book "Rodoslovne tablice..." (1987) [mrd87]. I have a plate (a glass holder) showing this Coat of Arms, with caption (translated): "The Coat of Arm of Kosaca, Dukes of St. Sava, Lords of Herzegovina"
It is interesting, that the same Kosaca family is considered by Croats as "theirs", and their coat of arms is adopted as the CoA of (Western) Mostar, and used on their flag .
Željko Heimer, 21 Febuary 1999

It is just another example of "battle for national history" between South Slav nations. This is the same Kosaca - Stjepan Vukc<ic/ Kosac<a , who held the title "duke of St. Sava" (1448) (in Serbian - Herceg od sv. Save), and the name Herzegovina was derived from this medieval Kosaca's State.
Ivan Sarajcic, 21 Febuary 1999