High Representative Valentin Inzko met in Washington with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Maureen Cormack.
Statement issued by the Office of the High Representative reads that Inzko discussed the urgent need to complete the government formation process at all levels in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while at the same time respecting country’s international commitments.
Highlighting the frequent challenges to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the High Representative underlined the need for full compliance with the Dayton Peace Agreement, in particular improving the overall functioning of state-level institutions and strengthening of the rule of law.
“To address the essential needs of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the political elite needs to focus on a forward-looking agenda. Political stability and economic development, together with strengthening country’s institutional capacities, including the area of the rule of law, are prerequisites for a prosperous future. On this path, the international community is willing to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina in its efforts towards making this better future a reality”, the HR said.
Inzko also met with John Erath, Deputy Senior Director for European Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, with whom he discussed the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The High Representative noted that the positive, forward-looking agenda has so far failed to prevail over the divisive issues and rhetoric.
Inzko underlined that politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina had to abandon current destructive policies and form a new approach, which would put the needs of the citizens in the first place. Otherwise, citizens would leave the country in even bigger numbers than thus far.
“There is an alarming exodus of people from Bosnia and Herzegovina due to political instability, the lack of the rule of law and the lack of economic opportunities, which only a new way of politics, a change of paradigm can stop”, said the High Representative.
Inzko will address the UN Security Council on Tuesday, November 5, and present his report on the overall status of the implementation of peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.