Bosnia tension spurs EU to seek control

www.ft.com - 19 November 2008 - From Tony Barber

European, US, Russian and other representatives responsible for preserving Bosnia-Herzegovina’s stability started talks on Wednesday on whether to replace the international controls that have kept order since the 1992-95 civil war. A rise in political tensions and nationalist rhetoric among the main Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Serb political parties is causing alarm in the European Union, which fears Bosnia’s weak central government institutions may not hold up under the pressure.

As a result, Javier Solana, the EU’s foreign policy chief, and Olli Rehn, the enlargement commissioner, are proposing that the international office that has supervised Bosnia since 1995 should be shut down next year and replaced with a reinforced EU presence (...)

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