9 May 2011 - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Statement by Mr Gérard Araud, President of the Security Council
I thank Mr. Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Special Representative of the European Union, for his presence and his briefing to the Council. I welcome the contribution of the representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the work of our Council.
The European perspective, which has for many years been offered to all States of the Western Balkans, is not an empty promise. The liberalization of visas for all Bosnian citizens, which took place at the end of 2010 thanks to the efforts of political leaders, is evidence of this. However, in spite of this hand extended by the European Union and of all the progress made over the past 15 years, the political situation in the country is seriously deteriorating.
First of all, the lack of a Government is delaying reforms that would enable progress towards the European path. We therefore call on all Bosnian leaders to make the necessary compromises to form a Government.
Moreover, France is concerned by the questioning of the judicial institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of the authority of the High Representative. We warn the Republika Srpska against any initiative that would contravene the Dayton Peace Agreement and threaten the stability of the country. We call on the Republika Srpska to respect the peace accords, which are the foundation for the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. More generally, the leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina must return to dialogue, overcome their divisions and work towards creating a State.
France reaffirms its full support for the High Representative, the guarantor of the peace accords on behalf of the international community. We support his work, his dialogue with the Bosnian political representatives and any decision he may take to ensure respect for the institutions.