Tuesday, October 30, 2007


BERLIN, Germany (October 30,2007) - Germany warned Bosnia yesterday not to undermine the Dayton Peace Accords by resisting an international peace envoy's efforts to streamline government decision-making.

In response to bickering between Bosnia's Muslim, Serb and Croat leaders that has stalled reforms over the past 18 months, peace envoy Miroslav Lajcak unveiled new measures earlier this month aimed at simplifying the functioning of the government.

The German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said yesterday he fully supported the International Community's High Representative Miroslav Lajcak's efforts to improve the Bosnian government's effectiveness and warned political representatives of the Serbians living in Bosnia not to fight them.

"Those who stand in the way of this Dayton-compatible process are working against the interests of the Bosnian citizens and their desire to work more closely with the EU," Steinmeier said.

"Germany will not tolerate an undermining of the Dayton agreement," he added.

Asked what concrete steps Germany could take, foreign ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger told a regular government news conference only that Berlin would use its "options" to influence events in Bosnia.

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