Diplomat says political leaders behind lack of progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Valentin Inzko

Despite making progress since the Balkan wars of the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to trail its neighbours, High Representative Valentin Inzko told the Security Council on Tuesday.

He observed that while the region is moving on, with Serbia and Kosovo normalizing relations and Croatia poised to join the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina is stagnating.

"I want to make clear in no uncertain terms that the fundamental reason for the country continuing to lag behind its neighbours is the fact that elected officials and political parties continue to put their own narrow personal and party political interests before the interests of the citizens and the country at large. The fact that the pull of Euro-Atlantic integration processes have so far not proven strong enough to overcome this should be of concern to all of us and cause for serious reflection on the elements of our united strategy moving forward."

Inzko called on the political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach the "healthy compromises" that will enable the country to progress.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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