The 27 call on the Bosnian heads of state and government to end the institutional blockade and press ahead with European reforms

The 27 called on the leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday to end the institutional blockade and avoid provocations between the country’s communities, emphasizing the European reforms that will bring it closer to the bloc.

In the 27 conclusions agreed, the EU reaffirms its commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina as a united and sovereign country, rejects the ongoing political crisis and condemns the blockade of the institutions. “The Council urges all political leaders to refrain from provocative and divisive rhetoric and actions, in particular to call into question the territorial integrity of the country,” emphasized the text in an appeal to the tripartite powers of Bosnia.

The 27 call on the Bosnian heads of state and government to end the institutional blockade and press ahead with European reforms
The 27 call on the Bosnian heads of state and government to end the institutional blockade and press ahead with European reforms

The European bloc insists that the authorities break the blockade and press ahead with the reforms identified by the European Commission so that the country can move forward on the path of the community, in the end Bosnia is the Balkan country most delayed in the process of joining the EU . One of these conditions is an agreement on a constitution, a horizon that seems far away given the divisions between the country’s ethnic groups.

The most recent dispute revolves around the denial of genocide and war crimes in the country and the glorification of war criminals, a practice that has increased in recent years by Bosnian Serb leaders.

In addition, the conclusions underscore the support for the EU military mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, welcome the continued presence of Operation Althea and recognize its role in maintaining a stable security environment. Thus, it opens up the possibility of renewing the executive mandate of the operation in accordance with renewed approval by the United Nations.

The EU also urges the Bosnian authorities to redouble their efforts to continue disposing of surplus ammunition, weapons and explosive devices and humanitarian demining.

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