Government formation and continued progress towards reforms that are consistent with existing foreign policy goals and commitments are crucial steps for the country and its future, the embassies representing the US, UK, Germany, France and Italy in Bosnia and Herzegovina emphasized in a joint statement.
The EU Delegation to BiH supported the statement.
“The decision to postpone the BiH Presidency Session underlines the need for compromise and consensus-building among BiH’s political parties and leaders.
We remain committed to ensuring the peace and stability that will bring prosperity to all BiH citizens. Government formation and continued progress towards reforms that are consistent with existing foreign policy goals and commitments are crucial next steps for BiH and its future.
We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to strong and effective state institutions and call upon all political leaders to fully respect and uphold the constitution and laws of BiH,” reads the international representatives’ statement.
The outgoing Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Lars Gunnar Wigemark, said in an interview with a BiH newspaper that BiH should consider the option of snap elections if no solution to the problem of the implementation of election results could be reached.
Wigemark believes it is important to find a way to implement the agreement signed by SDA, HDZ and SNSD leaders by the set deadline of September 5.
“It is not impossible, with enough goodwill, to discuss all the details. But if some are constantly going to question and challenge whether these are good or bad intentions… Let the BiH Presidency play its role, and that includes the appointment of the Council of Ministers Chairman, as the candidate verification process has already been completed,” he said.
According to Wigemark, the next step is to reach an agreement and offer the name of the chairman designate to the BiH Parliamentary Assembly. What remains is the consultation in Parliament, so it might be possible to deliberate within the Parliament a possibility to request a repeat of the process.
“You do not have an instrument of snap elections here in BiH, and I suppose in most countries if an agreement is not reached, new elections would happen. And, if I can make a recommendation, that would be it. You have exhausted the mandate of an earlier convocation, there are no election results and the country is at a standstill. Even in Kosovo, you have new elections. If Kosovo can do it, I think so can BiH”, Wigemark said in his interview./ibna