The focus of talks of a meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council is on the situation in Syria in light of the military operations by Turkish forces in northeast Syria. However, EU foreign ministers also addressed the situation in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman attended a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, where the ministers issued a statement reiterating their call for political leaders in Sarajevo to re-establish governments at the national level and in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"The Council reiterates its unequivocal commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina's European perspective as a united, united and sovereign country. Considering that no state and Federation level governments have been formed in Bosnia and Herzegovina last year, the Council reiterates its call to Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue setting up governments without further delay to start working for the benefit of all citizens," the council's statement states.
In spite of elections being held last October, Bosnia and Herzegovina still does not have a government at the state level or in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnian Muslims are refusing calls from Brussels to amend election law so as to avoid unfair voting rights for their constituents over the Croat population. The Bosnian Constitutional Court itself has already ruled that the current election law is unconstitutional.
The Council also reaffirmed the EU's readiness to continue implementing the executive mandate of Operation Althea so as to preserve a safe and secure environment under a renewed UN mandate. Althea was launched following NATO's decision to end the SFOR mission and the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution approving the deployment of EU military forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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