HR Federica Mogherini comments on Discussion regarding BiH in Foreign Affairs Council

At the press conference following the Foreign Affairs Council, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said that Bosnia and Herzegovina was a point for discussion already three weeks ago, in the Foreign Affairs Council.

“We need to, first of all, encourage political leaders to assume their responsibility to rapidly form governments to take forward the reform agenda. I have seen the unexpected positive steps that Bosnia and Herzegovina has managed to put in place since 2014 to this year; seen in perspective quite remarkable. After the elections, it is normal that there is a bit of difficulties. The country has a specific set-up – to use an euphemism – but I am confident that leaders in the country as well as the people in the country can move forward on the reform agenda in a united manner. This is what we wish to see,” Mogherini stated.

“We also believe that the election issue in Bosnia and Herzegovina will need to be addressed as soon as possible, finding the right balance – and I understand that this is a diplomatic exercise – between the need to reconcile the country’s unique set-up and the European Union standards. I believe and I hope that after the governments are formed and the reform agenda is put again back on track this issue can be addressed in a cooperative manner,” she concluded.

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