Friday, November 23, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 23,2007) - The heads of Bosnia's most influential political parties discussed yesterday police reform vital to moving forward the country's bid to get EU membership.

The International Community's High Representative and EU Special Representative in Bosnia Miroslav Lajcak, demanded a change in voting rules in the Bosnian Government to try to end frequent political deadlock by reducing the number of ministers needed to vote on laws.

After more than seven hours of discussion,Bosnia's politicians adopted what they termed "the Sarajevo Action Plan", reflecting their goodwill to work seriously to solving of the political crisis in Bosnia.

According to the agreement, both chambers of the Bosnian State Parliament should convene next week to discuss the new Standing Orders of the Parliament, and then open the process of nominating the new Bosnian Prime Minister.

Also,leaders of the most influential political parties in Bosnia agreed to continue to work on the Mostar Declaration, signed a month ago in the southern Bosnian city of Mostar to set a platform for final negotiations on police reform.

"We have made a step forward in relation to the police reform and this step could be decisive for the European Union to allow Bosnia initial the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA)", said Sulejman Tihic, head of the Party for Democratic Action (SDA).

The failure to agree on how to reform Bosnia's ethnically separate police forces, a key condition for the EU membership, has left Bosnia the only country in the Southeastern Europe without any formal agreement with the European Union.

Political representatives of the Serbians living in Bosnia said there would be no formal agreement on the measures until the crisis was resolved.

"We have discussed the actual situation but still do not have a definite answer," said Milorad Dodik,the Prime Minister of the genocidal Serbian creature in Bosnia (RS), adding the agreement on the police reform could not become effective until the voting issue was resolved.

The most influential political leaders in Bosnia agreed to meet again on Tuesday and try to clinch a compromise deal on the voting system. Lajcak has told them to also streamline voting in the Bosnian Parliament by December 1, otherwise he would impose his decision on it.

Bosnia's Prime Minister Nikola Spiric's resignation further complicated the situation. The parliament majority is unlikely to agree on a new prime minister-designate, opening the prospect of new elections that could derail reforms.

Serbians living in Bosnia fear the changes could lead to the end of their genocidal creature in Bosnia (RS). Their political representatives said if the International Community's High Representative and EU Special Representative in Bosnia Miroslav Lajcak doesn't withdraw the proposal, they will all resign from their posts in the Bosnian Government.

But,the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia Charles English warned them on Wednesday that opposition to Lajcak would only hurt those who oppose him.

"Do not challenge the International Community's High Representative in Bosnia. A challenge to him is a challenge to the United States," Ambassador English said.

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