MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Federal Foreign Office “There is nothing better and more valuable than bridges of everything that people build and build,” said the writer Ivo Andrić. Because bridges create connections. The Dayton Agreement, concluded 25 years ago, represents a milestone in diplomacy. It ended a terrible war and made peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina possible. The agreement was the result of decisive action by the United States under President Clinton, in close cooperation with the European Union. It did not solve the conflicts in the Balkans – but it created a basis for building bridges. Since then, Bosnia and Herzegovina has achieved a lot, also with the support of the High Representative and his office. Your country has decided to look for a future in Europe. It is now a potential candidate for membership in the European Union. Germany emphatically supports your European and transatlantic ambitions. Because we want to build bridges between all Balkan states and the European Union. But for this to succeed, the politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina must also be ready to build bridges: Twenty-five years after Dayton, it is high time for real reconciliation and cooperation. Nationalist agitation, denial of war crimes or glorification of those who committed them are no business in a country wishing to join the EU. All leaders in your country must work together to bring about reforms and reduce corruption . The so-called fourteen key priorities formulated by the European Commission last year indicate a concrete roadmap. The rule of law and good governance are in the interests of your people and your economy. Dear citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, The most recent meeting as part of the “Berlin Process” made it clear that positive changes are taking place in the Balkans. We need strong political leadership in Sarajevo so that we can move forward on this path of reform and economic integration. I would like to encourage you to let the ghosts of the past rest – and to build new bridges now. Thank you.
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