Bosnia & Herzegovina – a new strategic approach

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Series Details 05.11.14
Publication Date 05/11/2014
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Reports of speeches given by the German and United Kingdom Foreign Ministers, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Philip Hammond, at the Aspen South-East Europe Foreign Ministers' Conference in Berlin on the 5 November 2014.

In a joint article the two Foreign Ministers wrote:

There is one country at the heart of Europe still beset by the terrible consequences of a war which ended two decades ago. Deeply entrenched ethnic divisions in Bosnia and Herzogovina have led to political stagnation and stymied much needed reform. The result has been economic and social malaise, which was only exacerbated by catastrophic flooding in the spring of this year. Last month the country’s citizens elected a new parliament. Its performance over the next four years will be crucial in determining their future.

The UK and Germany have already invested a great deal in Bosnia and Herzegovina over the last 20 years: our soldiers and police officers have taken part in NATO and EU missions to stabilise the country, and we have promoted the country’s economic development alongside our involvement at the political level. The fact that our efforts have not yet borne fruit is not a reason to give up and turn away.

On the contrary, we must redouble our efforts to help Bosnia and Herzogovina transform its fortunes.

UK Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, and German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Sarajevo on 16 January 2015 to secure support for reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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