Bosnia

New High Representative appointed for Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Security Council today welcomed and agreed to the appointment of Miroslav Lajcák of Slovakia as the new High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian leaders must ‘seize this moment’ for reforms, UN envoy says

With reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina blocked for over a year and agreements with the European Union (EU) on the table, the country’s leaders must “seize this moment” for progress, the United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today.

Security Council extends European Union Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 1 year

The United Nations Security Council today extended for one-year the 7,000-strong European Union Stabilization Force (EUFOR) mandated to ensure continued compliance with the Dayton Peace Agreement that in 1995 ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Local leaders should be responsible for reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina: UN envoy

The international community should continue to hand over responsibility for reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina to its leaders despite the magnitude of the challenges involved as the country emerges from the devastation of inter-ethnic bloodshed, the United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today.

Former Bosnian Croat militia leader jailed for 12 years by UN war crimes court

A United Nations war crimes court today sentenced a former Bosnian Croat militia commander to 12 years in jail for an attack a dozen years ago on a village in which 31 Muslim civilians were killed, including two elderly women burned in their house and a family of seven who perished in the flames of their shelter.

Computers from UN war crimes court benefit survivors in Bosnia

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today sent 306 old computers to Bosnia and Herzegovina, scene of most of the crimes during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, as part of its initiative to use its replaced office equipment to benefit the victims of the strife.

Let Bosnia and Herzegovina stand on its own, envoy tells Security Council

Bosnia and Herzegovina, emerging from the devastation of inter-ethnic bloodshed, must now be allowed to take responsibility for its own political reforms and economic development while the international community clears up defined, outstanding issues, the world’s envoy to the country told the United Nations Security Council today.

Security Council authorizes EU force in Bosnia and Herzegovina for another year

The United Nations Security Council today extended the mission of the European Union's stabilization force (EUFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the next 12 months to ensure continued compliance with the 1995 Dayton/Paris Agreement that ended a fierce war and to continue to contribute to a secure environment in the country.

Bosnia and Herzegovina at brink of EU membership, Security Council told

In a final, emotional briefing to the United Nations Security Council today, the chief representative of the European Union EU in Bosnia and Herzegovina said that the Balkan country was primed for EU membership just ten years after the brutal war that had left its people traumatized and an infrastructure collapsed.

Human rights obstacles still remain for displaced people in Bosnia – UN official

Despite “very impressive results” in solving almost all property disputes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, returning large numbers of displaced persons to rebuilt homes, and creating a safe environment for most returnees, several human rights obstacles must still be overcome, according to a senior United Nations rights official.