Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the High Representative of the international community
At his meeting on 20 June with Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, discussed the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, noted a meaningful contribution of the international community in keeping peace, security and stability in the country after the war ended in 1995 and the importance of support for functioning of an institutional framework in the country.
“With the help of the international community, Bosnia and Herzegovina has made a huge progress in creating a peaceful, democratic and sovereign state; however there are quite a few challenges that need to be addressed. Lithuania firmly supports the country’s Euro-Atlantic efforts. We hope that in aspiring to the status of an EU candidate country, Bosnia and Herzegovina will continue to focus on the implementation of necessary people-oriented reforms, the process of reconciliation, and regional cooperation,” Minister said.
Inzko told about the activities and priorities of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina and made an overview of the future prospects of the Office. Remaining challenges to the country’s stability and implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement that put an end to the war in 1995 were discussed at the meeting as well.
The Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina is an ad hoc institution set up in 1996 to oversee the civil implementation of the Dayton Agreement. Since the very beginning of the peace process, one of the main tasks of the High Representative has been to ensure the functioning of state administration institutions and the rule of law. The Austrian national Valentin Inzko is the seventh High Representative serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bosnia and Herzegovina submitted its EU membership application on 15 February 2016 and the European Commission is currently preparing its progress report on the readiness of the country to become an official candidate country of the EU.