Marking the 25th anniversary of the peace agreement signed in Dayton, Ohio, European Commission Vice-President Josep Borrell - the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy - was in Sarajevo to discuss the country's prospects for EU integration.
Borrell, who arrived in Sarajevo on Friday, delivered a speech earlier today addressing the country's path towards the European Union.
"I would like to use this opportunity to reaffirm our support for Bosnia and Herzegovina's efforts on the European path, because the county's future is European. I don't have lessons to give, but maybe an experience to share. I am coming from a country which suffered an awful civil war. And our reconciliation was mainly the result of our hard work to join the European Union. We were so busy trying to fulfill all the requirements to become a member of the European Union that the reconciliation came as a collateral effect of these collective engagements on a common endeavor," said Borrell.
Milorad Dodik, the leader of the main Bosnian Serb party in the country, Šefik Džaferović, a member of Bosnia's strongest Bosnian muslim party, and Željko Komšić, the Croat representative, currently comprise the country's presidency that was established by the peace agreement that ended the war, signed on November 21st, 1995.
Borrell said that he had an "honest and open conversation" with the country's tripartite presidency about the current situation and some future perspectives for the country on its European path. He said it was undoubtedly a historic and important day for Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also for Europe.
"We must respect the past, but at the same time we must look to the future," concluded Borrell.