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Eu/bosnia-Herzegovina : Eu Urges Leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina to Roll Their Sleeves Up

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/bosnia-Herzegovina : Eu Urges Leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina to Roll Their Sleeves Up

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The Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina's (BiH) elections, held on 1 October, which were run and managed entirely by domestic institutions for the first time,awere broadly in line with international standards for democratic elections, says an Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) report.

However, the campaign was full of ultra-nationalist comments, all types of accusatins, verbal sensationalism and rash promises. Commenting on the election, Javier Solana, the EU's High Representative, appealed to the elected leaders to unite their efforts to form a stable and effective government so as to bring BiH closer to the EU. "What we need to see now is effective government, at all levels, formed quickly and able to pursue the people's priorities," said Solana.

Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn urged the leaders to immediately introduce reforms, in particular in the areas of police, public broadcasting and public administration, to ensure the successful conclusion of a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA).

BiH Prime Minister Adnan Terzic predicted on 1 October that a forthcoming European Commission report on BiH's progress towards accession, to be published on 8 November, would give a negative assessment of the country's readiness to conclude an SAA. This was "primarily because of the blockage of the police reform," he told a press conference in Sarajevo.

The vote took place only months before the planned closure of the Office of the EU High Representative in June 2007, with BiH politicians then expected to take full responsibility for the country's future and progress towards EU membership. …

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