Bosnia and Herzegovina left behind in joining European Union and NATO

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Bosnia and Herzegovina is being left behind in making the reforms necessary for it to join the European Union (EU) and NATO, according to the EU High Representative Valentin Inzko.

Mr. Inzko told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that six months ago he was cautiously optimistic about the direction in which the country was heading.

He said that with a government and a budget in place, it was logical to expect that the new coalition in the country would make up for the lost time and open up the next phase of the EU and NATO accession processes.

"To the disappointment of many within the international community, this is not what happened. Instead, a protracted effort to reconfigure the governing coalition began in early June, a process that will hopefully be resolved by the end of the year, following some six more months of time lost. This dispute diverted attention from pressing challenges. While other countries in the region move forward, Bosnia and Herzegovina was left behind." (Duration: 26")

Mr. Inzko said that in addition to the legislative gridlock, at times political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina disregarded constitutional and legal provisions in their haste to effect changes to governing coalitions.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’17″

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