OSCE ambassadors review Bosnia's institutional capacity

10:47, May 15, 2010      

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Delegations from 17 countries, including 15 ambassadors to the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), on Friday ended a two-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) where they reviewed the host country' s capacity to implement the requisite European standards on its path toward Euro-Atlantic integration, according to the OSCE Mission to BiH.

Ambassadors to the OSCE from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, and BiH were on the fact-finding trip to Sarajevo.

"This is the largest group of permanent representatives to the OSCE to visit BiH, and signals the keen interest of the OSCE participating states in the continued progress of this country," said Ambassador Gary Robbins, Head of the OSCE Mission to BiH.

Delegations were briefed on the importance of advancing democratic governance to ensure equal rights for all BiH citizens.

During the visit, OSCE delegates met with representatives of BiH governmental institutions, the High Representative and EU Special Representative to BiH, Valentin Inzko, Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj, Defense Minister Selmo Cikotic, and the BiH Ombudsman. Non-governmental organizations and university students also provided input.

Source: Xinhua

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