The United States (USA) fully supports the international community’s High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schmidt, and his ability to exercise all necessary powers, including the Bonn powers, State Department spokesman Ned Price said today.

According to Radio Free Europe (RFE), Price said that all necessary powers should be exercised until the 5 + 2 Agenda ends and BiH becomes a peaceful, sovereign state, with territorial integrity and irreversibly on the path to European integration.

In 2008, 5 + 2 conditions and goals were set for the abolition of the High Representative in BiH, including the distribution of property between the state and other levels of government, a solution for military property, implementation of the Brcko District Final Decision, BiH fiscal sustainability, and the rule of law.

“The High Representative and his office deserve the full support of the international community in this task. We are sorry that the United Nations Security Council could not hear High Representative Schmidt during the discussion of his report at the session at which Resolution 2604 was adopted,” Price said.

He added that the United States “strongly supports the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as it seeks to consolidate multiethnic democracy and strengthen democratic institutions, combat corruption and provide economic opportunities for all people.”

The announcement also states that the United States welcomes the action of the UN Security Council to unanimously renew the mandate for the EUFOR operation Althea.

“Rooted in the Dayton Peace Agreement, EUFOR’s Altea operation remains key to maintaining the stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The Office of the High Representative is a civilian mission corresponding to EUFOR Althea. It also plays a key role in ensuring “stability in BiH, supporting the rule of law and helping reform democratic institutions to advance Bosnia and Herzegovina’s progress on its Euro-Atlantic path,” Price said.

Last night, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution extending EUFOR’s mandate for another year, until November 5, 2022.

Due to the opposition of Russia and China and the announcement that they could veto the resolution, the Security Council did not consider the report of the High Representative Christian Schmidt on the situation in BiH, nor did Schmidt address the Security Council.

Every year, the World Bank votes on the re-authorization of the mandate of the multinational stabilization forces, and every six months it organizes a debate on BiH. On that occasion, the High Representative in BiH submits a semi-annual report.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres sent Schmidt’s report to 15 members of the Security Council, and after the vote on EU forces, representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Estonia and other World Bank countries spoke about Schmidt’s warnings, who strongly supported the role of High Representative in BiH .

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