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US official joins talks on Bosnia reforms

US official joins talks on Bosnia reforms

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg has arrived in Sarajevo for a new round of talks with Bosnian and EU officials aimed at improving the country by reforming its constitution.
Hastily written as part of a peace agreement brokered by the U.S. administration, Bosnia's constitution was good enough to end the 1992-95 war. But it divided Bosnia into two entities, the Serb Republika Srpska and the Bosniak-Croat federation.
In practice, the system has proven too decentralized and unwieldily, and has blocked the country from moving closer to European Union membership.
On Tuesday, Steinberg and Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, whose country holds the EU presidency, began talks with Bosnia's leaders on proposed constitutional changes.


Updated : 2021-04-12 05:15 GMT+08:00