Barroso reaffirms EU's commitment to Bosnia

11:04, April 09, 2011      

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Friday reaffirmed the European Union's commitment to a European future for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), reported Radio Sarajevo.

"We believe that BiH is a part of the European family and that BiH should have a European future," said Barroso in Sarajevo after meeting with the three members of the collective Bosnian presidency.

Barroso made the comment during a Balkan tour along with EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fuele.

"The European Union is ready to assist you on the path to strengthened participation and to provide help, not only political but also financial. But, of course, BiH needs to do its part because the European future of Bosnia depends on the will of its citizens," said Barroso, calling for greater political accountability on the part of its leaders and the need for a " culture of compromise."

"Shared vision and a common desire are of the greatest importance for work on crucial reforms for progress towards the EU, " said Barroso, adding that BiH must first form the necessary institutions to address its priorities.

Nebojsa Radmanovic, chairman of the BiH Presidency, said that the country was slowly working toward a EU membership.

"Our results are not small," said Radmanovic. "Although within BiH we are not satisfied with the pace of progress toward European integration."

BiH has been mired in a political deadlock since the election in October, 2010, failing to produce a clear majority for any political block. The country's political scene is divided into two camps -- those seeking greater centralization, led by Bosniak ( Bosnian Muslim) parties, and those seeking greater local autonomy, represented by Croat and Serb parties.

Source: Xinhua
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