UN envoy refuses to force Bosnian politicians to form government

08:39, February 16, 2011      

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Valentin Inzko, the UN High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), said on Tuesday he would not seek to persuade squabbling Bosnian politicians to form a government by freezing their wages, reported Radio Sarajevo.

Inzko, who is also the EU's Special Representative for BiH, could take such action according to the "Bonn Powers" which provide him with sweeping authority to resolve impasses among elected officials of BiH.

However, unlike many of his predecessors who have been accused of being too quick to impose their will, Inzko said he would rather see a compromise solution reached by domestic politicians.

BiH has been unable to form a government at the state level since nation-wide election on October 3, 2010, in which two large political blocks emerged: Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) political parties seeking greater centralization at the state level and a coalition of Serb and Croat parties seeking increased local autonomy.

"I am not a great supporter of the Bonn powers," said Inzko, adding that it would unfairly give an advantage to wealthy politicians who are less dependent on their state salaries.

Nonetheless, Inzko said he would intensify his efforts to promote a solution based on good will among BiH politicians, although such a climate does not exist at the moment.

Source: Xinhua

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