U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maureen Elizabeth Cormack, says that her country strongly supports the Dayton Accords which Washington views as a basic guarantee for peace, and advocates gradual changes in Bosnia.

The diplomat Cormack has said this in her interview with the Banja Luka-based "Nezavisne Novine" in her comment on Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's claim about obsolescence of the 1995  peace accords which should be amended.

Cormack was quoted by the Bosnian Serb daily as saying that the US-brokered agreement had fulfilled its basic objective: peace that has been lasting in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 21 years.

When you look at all countries that joined the EU, all of them have undergone the process of social and economic reforms and the process of adjustment of its legislation to the EU acqui, the ambassador said, elaborating that those changes were conducted in several stages.

She said it was up to Bosnia and Herzegovina's citizens to decide on which changes they would like to have: either a big package or gradual modifications through negotiating chapters with the European Union.

Cormack condemned a recent referendum which the Bosnian Serb authorities held on an official holiday despite the ban issued by the state-level Constitutional Court.

We must remove threats by future potential referendums we must remove the threat of a referendum on secession, she said.

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