Inzko says Bosnia's progress possible only by honouring Dayton peace agreement

The international community's High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that reforms in the country were only possible by respecting the Dayton peace agreement, and praised the progress the country achieved in European Union integration, his office in Sarajevo said in a press release.

On the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement, “we need to raise our expectations and once again see the kind of concrete results and the positive momentum that we saw in the first decade of the peace process,” he said.

Inzko welcomed the adoption of an "ambitious... programme of serious political, social and economic reforms that will improve functionality, attract investment and create jobs.” “Some of the reforms will be difficult, but they will deliver new opportunities for the country and its people,” he said.

Inzko underlined that "political leaders will only succeed in achieving progress if they are committed to respecting to the Dayton Peace Agreement, including its fourth annex, the BiH Constitution," criticizing an initiative taken by the Bosnian Serb entity authorities "to organize a referendum in violation of the Dayton Peace Agreement."

Inzko said that "Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be taken forwards by a constant effort to reopen the past, but by coming together to work for a common purpose," and commended a “sincere and genuine offer... from the EU that offers the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina the chance of a secure, prosperous and dignified life."

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:27
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