Diplomat urges Bosnia and Herzegovina to end political impasse

09:14, November 17, 2010      

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Valentin Inzko, high representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, urged Bosnian political leaders on Tuesday to lead their country out of its political impasse and speed up entry to the European Union and NATO.

It was the task of political leaders to address key reforms and make the country functional and fully sustainable so that it could progress toward further Euro-Atlantic integration, Inzko said at a press conference to mark the 15th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement, which ended the Bosnian civil war.

While the regional situation in the West Balkans has improved substantially, Bosnia and Herzegovina is still facing significant internal challenges and lags behind its neighbors in progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration, Inzko said.

Echoing his remarks made at a recent UN Security Council debate, Inzko said substantial progress was made in the first 11 years after the war but the past four years have seen stagnation.

However, Inzko expressed satisfaction with the reconciliation progress.

He cited milestones in the return of refugees, the establishment of functional institutions, and the creation of a single army.

The Dayton Peace Agreement was reached on Nov. 21, 1995, in Dayton, Ohio,the United States, and signed in Paris on Dec. 14 the same year. It ended a war that lasted three and a half years and left about 100,000 people dead.

The position of High Representative was created for overseeing implementation of civilian aspects of the accord. Inzko, an Austrian diplomat, took the post in March 2009.

Source: Xinhua


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