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The Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxemburg resulted with the declaration stating concern for the lack of the progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina, AA reports.
The Council expressed its “serious concern” that Bosnian political leaders did not agreed on solution for the implementation of the 2009 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights concerning minority rights.
The Council expresses its full support to the facilitation efforts led by the EU Special Representative/Head of Delegation and the Commission on this issue.
"It underlines that it is up to the Bosnia and Herzegovina political leaders to make the necessary progress. It stresses that the current lack of a solution of the Sejdić/Finci issue is preventing Bosnia and Herzegovina to further progress towards the EU,” it was stated.
At the same time, the Council decided to prolong the mandate for the EU military operation Althea in Bosnia.
“As part of the overall EU strategy for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Council confirms the EU's readiness to continue at this stage an executive military role to support Bosnia and Herzegovina's authorities to maintain the safe and secure environment, under a renewed UN mandate.”
In its last week issued progress report, the European Commission concluded that Bosnia is the only country in the region where only “limited progress” in fulfilling political and economic criteria of the European Union has been achieved.
“A shared vision by the political representatives on the overall direction and future of the country, or on how it should function, remains absent,” said the report.
The Foreign Affairs Council is the EU body responsible for foreign policy and defence to trade, development cooperation and humanitarian aid. The Council is composed of the foreign minister of the EU member states, and headed by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.Last Mod: 21 Ekim 2013, 23:47