Bosnian compromise in sight

Party leaders in Bosnia-Hercegovina have agreed on an action plan to implement the Mostar Declaration, linked to police reform.

Source: Beta

It was agreed last month, via the Mostar Declaration, to conduct police reform according to European principles.

Reform in this area is a basic condition for Bosnia-Hercegovina to initial the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU.

The meeting was held at the invitation of Bosniak representative to the Bosnian Presidency Haris Silajdžić, who sent a draft plan for police reform to political party leaders on Wednesday.

International High Representative Miroslav Lajčak, who attended the meeting, said that a desire existed to stabilize the situation in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Lajčak said that a series of opinions and proposals had been put forward, though it was necessary to wait until next Tuesday, when both chambers of the Bosnian are parliament are due to convene.

The main subject of that session is expected to be the Bosnian Parliamentary Rulebook, after which the process of appointing the Council of Ministers will begin, which is currently working in a technical capacity, following the resignation of its members.

Silajdžić felt that a desire to solve the country’s problems had been voiced at the meeting, with the goal of normalizing the situation and restoring the functions of the executive and legislative branches.

Independent Social Democrat Party leader Milorad Dodik said that yesterday’s meeting would have no effect unless a consensus was reached on Tuesday over the Rulebook and the Council of Ministers.

Democratic Action Progress President Mladen Ivanić hoped that a solution would ultimately be found regarding the situation in the Council of Ministers and the resignations of its members.

Democratic Action Party leader Sulejman Tihić said that, as far as he was concerned, it was pointless to discuss Lajčak’s decisions adding that they should be carried out, not discussed.

Croat Democratic Community 1990 President Božo Ljubić said that the meeting had been conducted in an atmosphere conducive to averting the crisis, with the aim of the country initialing the SAA by December 15, when an EU summit is due to be held.

The next meeting of Bosnian political leaders has been scheduled for the same date in Banja Luka.


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