Izetbegovic to Chinese Amb: BiH did not meet the conditions for OHR to close

NEWS 22.07.2021 15:56
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Bakir Izetbegović
Source: Bakir Izetbegović (FENA)

The Speaker of Bosnia’s House of Peoples, Bakir Izetbegovic, told Chinese Ambassador, Ji Ping, that the conditions for closing down the office of BiH's international administrator have not been met, after the news emerged that China supports Russia’s proposal to end the post of High Representative by July next year.

The UN Security Council is set to meet on Thursday at 9 pm with Bosnia and Herzegovina as the only topic on the agenda.

The meeting comes days after the news emerged that Russia requested a vote in the UN Security Council on its draft resolution, also backed by China, which proposes an end to the post of the international administrator in BiH next year and immediately stripping the official of his special set of powers.

The High Representative of the international community in Bosnia is tasked with overseeing the civilian implementation of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement.

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The current High Representative, Austrian diplomat Valentin Inzko, is to leave the post at the end of the month and Germany's Christian Schmidt is to take over the OHR as of August 1.

Izetbegovic, who is the leader of the main Bosniak party in the country, the Party for Democratic Action (SDA), told the Chinese Ambassador that Bosnia has not yet met the criteria from the 5+2 Agenda – a set of conditions defined by the Peace Implementation Council, the international body overseeing Bosnia’s peace process, for the OHR to be closed.

The two also discussed economic cooperation between BiH and China and Ji Ping announced that 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine which Bosnia’s Federation (FBiH) entity ordered will be delivered in the beginning of August.

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