“The United States supports Bosnia’s ambition to join NATO, a senior U.S. official said Monday, dismissing Bosnian Serb objections and adding Washington would react strongly to any threat to the stability of the country.

Bosnia has long proclaimed integration with NATO and the European Union to be strategic goals. But the pro-Russian leader of Bosnia’s autonomous Serb region, Milorad Dodik, has called for the country to remain neutral and stay out of the U.S.-led military alliance.

‘We discussed the U.S. position which is as firm as it has ever been, supporting the decision that has been made by this government to pursue membership in NATO,’ U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said after meeting Bosnia’s three-man inter-ethnic presidency.” (Voice of America)

‘The United States is firmly in line with the sovereignty and integrity of BiH,’ Sullivan said, adding that the injustice should be corrected to deprive members of some ethnic groups of voting rights.

Sullivan, he says, came to BiH to convey the message of the US government, which means that there is no impairment of the US commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

‘Political leaders create ethnic divisions only in order to remain in power,’ Sullivan said, noting that members of the BiH Presidency transmitted frustration over the rhetoric some of them made. ” (translated from Klix)