Reconciliation, trust not achievable without prosecution of all war criminals in Bosnia: official

09:15, November 12, 2010      

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Nebojsa Radmanovic, chairman of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said here Thursday that national reconciliation and trust can not be achieved without the prosecution of all war criminals of all nations in the region.

Radmanovic's statement came as he addressed the UN Security Council in an open meeting on the situation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"National reconciliation and trust is the basic prerequisite for building a functioning state which cannot be achieved without the prosecuting of all war criminals of all nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina," he said.

Just last month, some 3.1 million voters casted their ballots in the general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina to elect president and vice president of Republika Srpska, a Serb-dominated entity of the country, a central parliament and assemblies of the two autonomous entities: Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation.

It was the sixth general election after the 1992-1995 civil war following the division of the former Yugoslavia.

Radmanoviv noted that the region "did have a slight delay in its reform in the past six months," due to election year.

"There are many different opinions and analyses among the political actors and citizens, regarding the progress achieved in Bosnia and Herzegovina," he said.

As a whole, the region has "made the significant progress in the postwar period," he added as he highlighted that all elements of the Dayton Peace Agreement have been implemented and "stable peace is established," he said.

Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the six federal units constituting former Yugoslavia. The complex electoral system is a product of the 1995 Dayton Accord that ended a bloody civil war in the country.

Source: Xinhua


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