American diplomat refuses to meet with Serb president

The deputy chief of the mission at the US Embassy in Bosnia&Herzegovina; refused to meet with the president of Republika Srpska during his visit to Banja Luka

American diplomat refuses to meet with Serb president

World Bulletin/News Desk

The deputy chief of the mission at the US Embassy in Bosnia&Herzegovina Nicholas Hill refused to meet with the president of Republika Srpska during a visit in capital Banja Luka.

"At this moment, we do not see how meeting with Milorad Dodik can be productive. We want to see progress, and in order to reach that, he could fulfill some of promises, and he can do that easily," Hill said during his visit in the capital of Republika Srpska, a predominantly Bosnian Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

However, Hill met with some other officials including Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic, with whom he spoke about economic issues.

Speaking to the media in Banja Luka, Hill was very critical toward Bosnian politicians in general, underlining the weak economic situation of a state which has a 40 percent unemployment rate. He said "it is scandalous" that politicians are not able to make any move forward and to push the country toward the European Union and NATO membership.

He stressed the importance of implementing the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to minority protection in Bosnia.

The decision which demands constitutional changes regarding the protection of the minorities was issued in 2009, and it has not been implemented yet.

"To implement this decision would mean that the country has to modernize, and its institutions to become more open toward the public.

"In that sense, it is extremely important to implement this decision by the October 1."

The European Commissioner for enlargement and neighborhood policies recently invited politicians from Bosnia to meet in Brussels on October 1 in order to talk about possible solutions to the issue.

During the press conference in Banja Luka, Hill commented on the publication by some regional media of CIA declassified documents by saying that the media read this document in a very "selective“ manner and "out of context."

The CIA recently declassified a number of documents related to the war in Bosnia and the decisions made under US President Bill Clinton, parts of which were published by local media this week.

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