In a video conference with the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday, Bosnia’s international administrator welcomed the “recommitment” of the tripartite Presidency to European Union integration but stressed that the country must adopt a State budget as soon as possible to respond to the consequences of the coronavirus crisis.
High Representative Valentin Inzko, the foreign diplomat overseeing the civilian implementation of Bosnia’s 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, spoke to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ahead of his semiannual address to the UN Security Council.
He informed Guterres of current political developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and of the challenges the country is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The High Representative emphasized the need for swift adoption of the State budget to help mitigate the negative socioeconomic effects of the pandemic and to enable unhindered preparations for the October Municipal Elections,” the Office of the High Representative (OHR) said in a statement.
“Welcoming the UN’s increased focus on reconciliation and peacebuilding initiatives in BiH, High Representative Inzko also used the opportunity to underline the need for the international community to work closely together to advance positive, forward-looking reform agendas,” it said.