“Paddy Ashdown, the former leader of the U.K. Liberal Democrats and the United Nations’ high representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina, died Saturday evening.
Ashdown, who was 77, was responsible for implementing the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord during his time as the U.N. high representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from May 2002 until January 2006, CNN reported.
“She added that many forces from Bosnia and neighboring countries are spending millions of dollars on lobbying in Washington that undermines the stability and security of Bosnia and Herzegovina.” (Al Jazeera)
“The chairman of Bosnia’s Presidency said on Saturday that the right for self-determination is also granted to the Serbs but without jeopardising the integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina and asked Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to emphasise this in political discussions.
‘I would like to ask for the right for self-determination which the international factor allows, to be also granted to the Serbs in Republika Srpska,’ Milorad Dodik said in Belgrade.
Republika Srpska (RS) is the semi-autonomous Bosnian Serb majority territorial entity in Bosnia, established with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement.” (N1)
“Serbia will always stand with Republika Srpska (RS), Bosnia’s semi-autonomous Serb majority region, as the RS may be a bigger national interest for Serbia than Kosovo, said Serbia’s Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic, on Saturday.
Dacic said that as a guarantor and signatory of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, Serbia strongly supports the deal that established Republika Srpska and that represents the greatest feat of the Serb people in the 20th century.
‘It is Serbia’s obligation to cooperate with Republika Srpska, but also with Serb representatives in Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro, and to protect the Serb people. Nobody can dissuade us from it,’ he said.” (N1)
Since the October 7 poll, critics have accused Zagreb of undermining Bosnia’s sovereignty by meddling in its political affairs.
Zeljko Komsic, leader of the Democratic Front party, won the Croat seat of Bosnia’s triumvirate presidency, beating incumbent Dragan Covic, the nationalist leader of Bosnia’s main Croat party, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).
HDZ’s sister party in Croatia, led by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, supported Covic financially and politically to secure his win, yet Komsic still won by more than 70,000 votes.” (Al Jazeera)
“More than 150,000 people have left Bosnia and Herzegovina during the past four years.
It’s the educated and most skilled people who chose to leave which is damaging the country’s 3.5 million population.
The World Economic Forum has ranked Bosnia 135th out of 137 countries in its Global Competitiveness Report for “capacity to retain talent.'” (TRT World)