The Council of Foreign Affairs adopted conclusions on Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Council reiterated its unequivocal commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU perspective as a single, united and sovereign country. The Council of the Ministers regretted that a divisive rhetoric rooted in the past and an early electoral agenda have over the last months slowed down the pace of reform and affected the political climate.
The Council also welcomed the continued presence of Operation Althea, which retains the capability to contribute to the Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities’ deterrence capacity if the situation so requires while focusing on capacity building and training.
In this context, as part of the overall EU strategy for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Council confirmed the EU’s readiness to continue at this stage the executive military role of Operation Althea to support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s authorities to maintain the safe and secure environment, under a renewed UN mandate./IBNA