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26. July 11
Cliford Bond, Vice President of the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, testified before the Helsinki Commission on Security and Cooperation in Washington

"BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA IN THE LIMELIGHT: OBSTACLES TO PROGRESS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE REACTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY "

On Tuesday, 26th July this year in Washington, will be held a hearing on the current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina before the Helsinki Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe).
The briefing will be held under the name "Bosnia and Herzegovina in the limelight: obstacles to progress and recommendations for the reaction of the international community." That was released from the U.S. Helsinki Commission in Washington.

Participants in the discussion are Clifford Bond, a former U.S. ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina and vice president of American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, then Kurt Bassuener, a senior associate of the democratization policy, as well as Gelazis Nida, Senior Program Associate of the Centre of European Studies, "Woodrow Wilson" .

According to the statement of the Helsinki Commission, the political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina has deteriorated in recent years. Since the elections in October last year, political parties are unable to reach agreement on forming a new governing coalition at the state level. Today,policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina is marked by increased nationalist rhetoric, which sometimes poses a threat to peace, stability and territorial integrity of the country, and political parties are not sufficiently prepared to work constructively with the representatives from the international community. 

While Bosnia has achieved considerable progress in recovering from a brutal conflict that started in 1992 and lasted until the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords in late 1995, the parties have failed in their attempts to rise above the Dayton compromise, which, although it was necessary to end the conflict, hinders effective government to achieve Euro-Atlantic and European integration, said further in the notification to the U.S. Helsinki Commission in Washington .

Briefing will try to locate the sources of political deadlock and to examine possible direction the activities of the international community.