"Fresh chance" for Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Valentin Inzko. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Bosnia and Herzegovina has been given a fresh chance and it must be taken, according to the European Union Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Valentin Inzko was briefing the Security Council on Tuesday on the latest report of his office on the Balkan state.

He said twenty years after a devastating war, the country is working on a set of political reforms which could lead to new opportunities.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is showing signs that it is ready to start implementing a commitment adopted in March which opened the way for the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union.

This was highlighted by Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He added that what happens in the next six months with have a significant impact on the country.

In November, the Balkan state will mark the 20th anniversary of peace accords which ended what has been described as "Europe's most tragic conflict" since World War II.

Here's Mr Inzko.

” What needs to happen in the next six months so that we can mark the 20th anniversary with a sense of renewed optimism about the future and even more importantly so that we can re-energise the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina? The answer is simple. We need to see the newly elected authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina –and the country in general—coming together to deliver the steps that are required to take advantage of a the new EU initiative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

The High Representative added that he believes a great deal can be achieved in 2015 if there is a renewed commitment within the country and among its political leaders to pull together and to work as one.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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