UN / INZKO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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Briefing the Security Council Tuesday, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Valentin Inzko warned that “time is running short” for the country’s political leaders to agree on elections rules before the October 2018 polls. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 8 MAY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior

8 MAY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Close up, president gaveling
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina:
“As I outlined in my report to the Secretary General, despite some positive steps taken by the leadership of Bosnia and Herzegovina towards Euro-Atlantic integration, which I wholeheartedly welcome and support, the pace of real reform remains somehow slow and our common goal of irreversible stability for the country has not yet been fully achieved.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina:
“Inflammatory rhetoric has also continued to be used by some senior officials from Republika Srpska denying the statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina and advocating for eventual secession. Public comments were also made glorifying convicted war criminals and calling for the return of an RS army. Some Croat officials have mused about the territorial reorganization of the country and threatened the dissolution of the state if the current electoral issues are not resolved to their satisfaction.”
8. Cutaway, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina:
“The European Union and the United States are currently working to facilitate an agreement between the main political parties on this issue, and my Office supports them in this effort. But the ultimate responsibility lies with political leaders. A range of possible solutions exists which can accommodate a compromise, if the main parties are willing to step back from maximalist
demands and negotiate in good faith. But time is running short.”
10. Cutaway, meeting
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina:
“I wish to recall another long pending Constitutional Court decision and related High Representative decision which deal with quality and constitutionality of Serbs in the Federation and which still needs to be reflected in three of these cantonal constitutions after more than fifteen years. This means that Serbs are not equal and and they have not the same rights in these three cantons – they are not even mentioned in the constitutions of the cantons and this is really outrages after fifteen years.”
12. Wide shot, meeting

STORYLINE:

Briefing the Security Council Tuesday (8 May), the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Valentin Inzko warned that “time is running short” for the country’s political leaders to agree on elections rules before October 2018 polls.

Austrian diplomat Valentin Inzko the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, told the Security Council members that “despite some positive steps taken by the leadership of Bosnia and Herzegovina towards Euro-Atlantic integration,” such as providing responses to European Commission Questionnaire and adopting tax changes that unlocked the funding from the International Monetary Fund, “the pace of real reform remains somehow slow and our common goal of irreversible stability for the country has not yet been fully achieved.”

The High representative also said that with the election campaign season approaching, “inflammatory rhetoric has also continued to be used by some senior officials from Republika Srpska denying the statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina and advocating for eventual secession,”adding that “public comments were also made glorifying convicted war criminals and calling for the return of an RS army.”

Also, Izko said, “some Croat officials have mused about the territorial reorganization of the country and threatened the dissolution of the state if the current electoral issues are not resolved to their satisfaction.”

He added that while “the European Union and the United States are currently working to facilitate an agreement between the main political parties on this issue, and my Office supports them in this effort. But the ultimate responsibility lies with political leaders. A range of possible solutions exists which can accommodate a compromise, if the main parties are willing to step back from maximalist demands and negotiate in good faith. But time is running short.”

The High representative also recalled “another long pending Constitutional Court decision and related High Representative decision which deal with quality and constitutionality of Serbs in the Federation and which still needs to be reflected in three of these cantonal constitutions after more than fifteen years. This means that Serbs are not equal and and they have not the same rights in these three cantons – they are not even mentioned in the constitutions of the cantons and this is really outrages after fifteen years.”
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