“NATO foreign ministers have agreed to activate the military alliance’s program of advice and assistance for Bosnia-Herzegovina, despite Bosnian Serb objections to membership.

Meeting in Brussels on December 5, the ministers invited Bosnia to submit its first annual national program of political, economic, and defense reforms aimed at bringing aspiring countries into line with the alliance’s standards.

The move is part of NATO’s Membership Action Plan (MAP) process, but it doesn’t mean that the ethnically-divided Balkans country will join anytime soon.

And it’s unclear whether Sarajevo will accept NATO’s invitation.” (RFE/RL)