Bosnia’s Incomplete Transition: Between Dayton and Europe.

21 12 2009

URL: http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=5978&l=1. Source: International Crisis Group.

This report argues that a quick closure of the Office of the High Representative (OHR) would put at risk the country’s relative stability and the progress achieved so far. The Peace Implementation Council (PIC), the international body that oversees Dayton, will discuss closing the OHR on 26-27 March. Because several specific conditions it set in 2008 for ending the protectorate have not been met, the PIC should appoint a strong, new High Representative and affirm that the OHR will remain in place until all conditions are satisfied. Compromising now would send the wrong signal to Bosnian leaders and damage the ability of the European Union (EU) to carry out the additional responsibilities it will need to take on when the protectorate does end.

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