EU pact with Bosnia likely in May: Diplomats

The European Union is aiming to sign an agreement with Bosnia on closer ties in May instead of this month as originally hoped, diplomats said on Tuesday.

EU pact with Bosnia likely in May: Diplomats
They said the delay was linked to technical procedures needed to finalise a so-called Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), made possible after Bosnia agreed a long-awaited police reform earlier in April.

"These procedures take time," said one EU diplomat, noting the 27-member bloc had to formally confirm Bosnia had fulfilled all technical conditions for the SAA and translate the text into the various EU languages.

Bosnia's upper house of parliament finally adopted a reform of its police -- the outstanding precondition for an SAA pact -- on April 16 after successive failed attempts.

The SAA is the gateway to the ultimate entry of all Balkans states in the EU.

Bosnia's neighbour Serbia has also not got as far as securing an SAA due to its failure to show full cooperation with the Hague tribunal on bringing war crimes indictees to justice.

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