UN Security Council extends EUFOR mission in Bosnia for one year.

By bne IntelliNews November 17, 2011
The UN Security Council announced that it has extended for another year the European Union stabilization force (EUFOR) mission in Bosnia. EUFOR is tasked to ensure compliance with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended conflict in Bosnia. The Security Council also adopted unanimously a resolution, in which it expressed its intention to "consider the terms of further authorization as necessary in the light of developments in the implementation of the Peace Agreement and the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina." EUFOR assumed peacekeeping responsibilities in 2004, taking over from a stabilization force led by NATO, which still has a presence in the country. On Nov 15, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, delivered a speech to the Security Council, in which he said that Bosnia continues to stagnate politically primarily because of the reluctance of the politicians to compromise and engage in dialogue. Inzko also said that given the continued negative trends and instability, it is essential for EUFOR to remain in place and continue to assist his office and other international organisations. Meanwhile, the Security Council reiterated that the Bosnian authorities have the main responsibility for the further successful implementation of the Peace Agreement.

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