Negotiations on election law reforms in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina that started on Thursday, continued in Sarajevo today. In February, talks between the two key sides, Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Muslims, which were mediated by EU and US representatives, failed to produce results.
The two key sides Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Muslims, are being represented by Dragan Čović and Bakir Izetbegović respectively. The talks were hosted by the European Union Delegation in Sarajevo, with the director of the European External Action Service, Angelina Eichhorst, saying that an agreement on electoral reform would bring Bosnia and Herzegovina significantly closer to gaining candidate status for EU membership, adding that this was a historic opportunity. She concluded by reminding that yesterday's visit to Sarajevo by the EU's High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, was in a bid to convey the message of joint responsibility in making peace and security their number one priority.
Meanwhile, the Ambassador of the United States to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Michael Murphy, noted that there is a new geopolitical moment in Europe, which represents an opportunity for domestic leaders to make the necessary compromises and seize the opportunity. Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been insisting on equal voting rights, which they are guaranteed as one of the three constituent peoples in that country.
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