Thursday, 9 July 2009

An Update on Bosnia and Herzegovina

I'm a bit late in posting this though I'd read it a while ago, but following the vetoing of an attempt by Republika Srpska to claim back some powers from the central government, the various political parties in BiH failed to meet on the 28th of June. The continued fractured nature of BiH politics means that the office of the Official High Representative (which has an extraordinary degree of power in the country's political system) is likely to be considered a continued necessity by the Peace Implementation Council.

Elections will be held in 2010, which may have the effect of accelerating the deterioration of relations in the BiH, or it could help focus minds on the country's declared EU membership goal.

European Voice has an article on the failed political meeting here, and my original blog post on the veto and a bit of background is here.

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