Russian deputy FM suggests end to international supervision of Bosnia

13:36, June 27, 2010      

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Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Titov, on a state visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Saturday said that the time had come to end the international supervision of the former war-torn Balkan country, reported Radio Television Republika Srpska (RTRS).

"In BiH the conditions have been met for the closure of the Office of the High Representative (OHR), because all that remains is a question of state property and this should be resolved through agreement of the three (constituent) nations," said Titov, speaking to reporters in Banja Luka after a meeting with Bosnian Serb leaders.

OHR is an ad hoc international institution responsible for overseeing implementation of civilian aspects of the Dayton Peace Accord in BiH. The High Representative is also European Union's Special Representative (EUSR). The three constituent nations of BiH are Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak), Serb and Croat. BiH has two entities: Republika Srpska (Serb-dominated) and the Federation of BiH (Muslim and Croat).

Titov said that maintaining the "international protectorate" in a country which had become a member of the United Nations Security Council was senseless.

Rajko Kuzmanovic, president of Republika Srpska stated that their strategy was to transform OHR, to respect of the Dayton Peace Agreement and to maintain the European Union accession of BiH.

"BiH has its reality with two entities and three nations, and without this premise and an understanding of this reality it is very difficult to make any political judgments and assessment," said Prime Minister Milorad Dodik, who added that Titov appreciated the reality of the situation.

Source: Xinhua


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