Inzko: BiH governments must distance itself from past practices

Inzko: BiH governments must distance itself from past practices

Sarajevo, March 23, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Mladen Dragojlovic

International community High Representative in BiH, Valentin Inzko (photo), said on Monday that the only way to turn a page after eight years of stagnation in BiH is for governments at all levels to break with past practices and start delivering much-needed reforms.

During his visit to Luxembourg, Inzko said that citizens of BiH and international community are in full unison on one very simple point.

“We expect a fundamental change in the way that politics is conducted. Political leaders must be in no doubt whatsoever that business as usual will not be acceptable”, said Inzko after meeting with Luxembourg Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn.

From the Office of High Representative in BiH it was announced that Inzko expressed his regret that governments at the state and Federation levels have still not been formed, more than five months after the general elections in BiH. He added that political parties needed to focus their energy on concrete measures that would improve the lives of citizens when discussing the distribution of work in the new governments.

“Coalition negotiations must be about more than just the distribution of posts – citizens expect to hear from the new governments how they will deliver on the promises made during the elections. This has been lacking so far”, Inzko emphasised.

He also said that respect for the rule of law, which includes full adherence to the Dayton Peace Agreement, implementing economic reforms and fighting corruption must be among the key priorities of the new authorities. The OHR, the European Union and other international actors, with their complementary mandates, are on the ground to assist the country in meeting these challenges

“This is also a time to reaffirm our commitment to a united and reintegrated Bosnia and Herzegovina, as we support the delivery of deep and sometimes painful changes that are required for the country to become a functional, stable and prosperous member of the European family”, the High Representative concluded.

In the announcement, OHR explained that Luxembourg will assume the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1, 2015. Jean Asselborn, Foreign Minister since 2004, is currently the longest-serving minister among the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union.