UN / BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA

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High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina told Security Council that “the authorities in B&H appear unable to act even in their own self-interest in a win-win situation” and that “the situation with regard to rule of law in the country continues to deteriorate” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA
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DATELINE: 18 MAY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Hercegovina:
“Increasingly, the authorities in B&H appear unable to act even in their own self-interest in a win-win situation, for instance in addressing the commitments made under the International Monetary Fund's arrangement with B&H. The continued failure to meet the IMF prior actions for the completion of the first quarterly review will hold back significant international assistance to the country's fiscal stability and economic development.”
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Hercegovina:
“Furthermore, the situation with regard to rule of law in the country continues to deteriorate. Corruption is a serious problem, and continued challenges to the state-level institutions, like the B&H Constitutional Court and the Court of B&H, contribute to the further weakening of the rule of law.”
7. Cutaway, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Hercegovina:
“In addition, during the reporting period, some Croat politicians have intensified calls for the "federalization" of B&H, which was understood by some to imply the further ethnic division of the country into three to four "federal units," one of which would have a Croat majority.”
9. Cutaway, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Hercegovina:
“Finally, during the last six months, the frequency and intensity of the Republika Srpska President's public remarks advocating for secession have lessened, although the "independent status" of the Republika Srspka remains part of his party's official platform and only this week he publically expressed his certainty that such an independence referendum will eventually take place.”
11. Wide shot, meeting
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Joao Vale de Almeida, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations:
“The much improved economic growth in Bosnia and Herzegovina - more than 3% in 2016 - and growth in private sector jobs are signs that, with the right policies, economic progress is within reach. In doing so, Bosnia and Herzegovina makes a positive contribution to regional cooperation, which is also an important factor in a country's EU path.”
13. Cutaway, delegates
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Joao Vale de Almeida, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations:
“Against these efforts for economic reforms, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues, however, to suffer from agendas driven by constituency interests, which divert attention from much needed reforms. Controversies are pulling Bosnia and Herzegovina in the wrong direction.”
15. Wide shot, meeting

STORYLINE:

High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina told Security Council that “the authorities in B&H appear unable to act even in their own self-interest in a win-win situation” and that “the situation with regard to rule of law in the country continues to deteriorate”

Briefing the United Nations Security Council Tuesday (18 May) on the situation in the Balkan country for the last six months, Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Hercegovina said “increasingly, the authorities in B&H appear unable to act even in their own self-interest in a win-win situation” citing the failure to address commitments to the International Monetary Fund which will “hold back significant international assistance to the country's fiscal stability and economic development.”

Inzko also said that “the situation with regard to rule of law in the country continues to deteriorate” and that “corruption is a serious problem, and continued challenges to the state-level institutions, like the B&H Constitutional Court and the Court of B&H, contribute to the further weakening of the rule of law.”

According to the Deyton Peace Agreement from 1995, which ended three-and-half year of war, Bosnia and Hercegovina is devided in two “entities” – Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina with three dominant ethnic groups: Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks.

The High Representative said that “some Croat politicians have intensified calls for the "federalization" of B&H, which was understood by some to imply the further ethnic division of the country into three to four "federal units," one of which would have a Croat majority.”

Inzko also addressed the frequent calls for a referendum on independence of the Republika Srpska entity by its President, for which the United States imposed on him financial and travel sanctions.

He said “during the last six months, the frequency and intensity of the Republika Srpska President's public remarks advocating for secession have lessened, although the "independent status" of the Republika Srspka remains part of his party's official platform and only this week he publically expressed his certainty that such an independence referendum will eventually take place.”

Joao Vale de Almeida, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations commended efforts of the Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve the economic growth in the country and said “in doing so, Bosnia and Herzegovina makes a positive contribution to regional cooperation, which is also an important factor in a country's EU path.”

However, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues, he said “to suffer from agendas driven by constituency interests, which divert attention from much needed reforms. Controversies are pulling Bosnia and Herzegovina in the wrong direction.”
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