Statement by Current and Incoming EU Members of the UN Security Council (Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany and Ireland) plus Norway and United Kingdom on Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 5, 2020

05.11.2020 - Press release

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We, European Union Member States of the Security Council, Belgium Estonia, France, Germany, joined today by Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom, welcome the unanimous adoption of resolution 2549 (2020) which authorizes the EU military operation EUFOR ALTHEA for a further period of twelve months. This operation plays a key role in supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina’s efforts to maintain a safe and secure environment.

We welcome the progress made these past few months. In particular, the adoption of legislative amendments for local elections in Mostar leading to their organization on December 20, for the first time since 2008, is a major achievement. We call for the respect of democratic standards during the 2020 local elections and beyond. Further reforms are needed to ensure that the electoral framework is brought into line with European standards, including the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

25 years after the genocide in Srebrenica and the Dayton/Paris accords, we pay tribute to all victims and urge all political actors to demonstrate their genuine commitment to reconciliation. We strongly condemn revisionism, genocide denial and glorification of convicted war criminals.

We reaffirm our support for Bosnia and Herzegovina's EU perspective as a single, united and sovereign country and call for the swift implementation of the 14 key priorities, identified in the Commission’s Opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina's application for membership of the European Union. We strongly underline the need for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s authorities to work towards strengthening the rule of law and to fight against corruption.

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