US Ambassador Cormack: Negotiations on changes to Election Law have fallen under influence of pre-election campaign

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In an interview for Sarajevo-based daily Dnevni avaz, US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Maureen Cormack said that she did not think negotiations about the Election Law have come to an end. 

We have received a clear message from the Central Election Commission that in this segment, it is about indirect election of delegates in the House of Peoples of the Parliament of the FBiH, so the talks can continue. We will have the Venice Commission there as well, which is going to give us expert advice on proposed amendments”, said Cormack.

Serb parties will certainly get involved in the talks once again. They wanted to distance themselves a bit. There were attempts to reach essential solutions, to reach the very core, and then the negotiations fell under the influence of the pre-election campaign”, she explained.

The US Ambassador to BiH underlined that everyone needs to do everything in their power to reach solution. “The role of the US and the EU is to ensure talks. We have seen the criticism of this process, but I care about the future of BiH”, said Cormack.  

I understand that changes are difficult, but I also understand that the people of this country deserve to see some progress being made. And in order for that to happen, it is necessary to have the government, to implement reforms, to move towards the EU and NATO, to implement basic economic reforms necessary to create new jobs, to improve educational and healthcare system…” said Cormack, adding that “all those things can happen only if you have authority capable of making decisions”.

She concluded that it might be possible to find an ad-hoc solution - the one that would be applied during the current election cycle - and then to initiate more thorough reforms. “But it is up to your politicians to make this decision”, said Cormack.