High representative says Bosnian gov't becoming more divided, ineffective (2)

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"Republika Srpska in particular, has adopted a number of laws that challenge European Partnership priorities or that aim to dismantle state-level reforms," he said. "There have also been similar, but less frequent, developments in the Federation."

Republika Srpska is a major political entity in the nation, and is led by Bosnian Serbs. The Federation, comprised largely of Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats is the other major entity.

Inzko said that rhetoric against the state has increased, making Bosnia and Herzegovina's situation more precarious.

"Leading politicians from Republika Srpska have frequently referred to the independence of their entity, while claiming that Bosnia and Herzegovina is an impossible country and therefore not sustainable," he said.

General elections held in October, Inzko told the 15-nation Security Council, might present an opportunity for positive change and integration into the EU and NATO, if newly elected representatives are willing to work towards these goals.

"They will have a choice to make, and when they make it, they must take responsibility for what follows," he said.

To augment the efforts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, international focus is very important, Inzko noted.

"We must continue to accompany the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Euro-Atlantic path, and the international community must make it clear to the incoming governments what we expect from them in the period ahead," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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