Bosnian Muslim Sulejman Tihic on Tuesday took over as chairman of the Balkan country's tripartite presidency at a ceremony in Sarajevo.
Speaking about his upcoming eight-month mandate, Tihic said that priorities would be given to defense and foreign policy and the ongoing process of moving his country closer to the EU and NATO.
Tihic said that his country has to arrest wartime Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic before joining NATO's Partnership for Peace program and signing the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU by the end of the year.
Karadzic and Mladic are wanted by the UN war crimes tribunal, which has indicted them for atrocities committed in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.
According to the Dayton agreement, the tripartite presidency consists of each member from the country's three nationalities, Croats, Muslims and Serbs. The presidency's chairman rotates every eight months. Besides Tihic, the presidency includes Croat member Ivo Miro Jovic and Serb member Borislav Paravac.