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The Bosnian hiatus: a story of misinterpretations. CEPS Policy Brief No. 219/November 2010

Tirak, Goran. (2010) The Bosnian hiatus: a story of misinterpretations. CEPS Policy Brief No. 219/November 2010. [Policy Paper]

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    After seven years of debate, the decision to close the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (OHR), an international body overseeing the peace implementation in Bosnia, has not yet been implemented. Bosnia is a potential EU candidate, but the majority of member states do not consider Bosnia capable of negotiating membership with the Union while the OHR remains the supreme authority governing the country. However, there was never enough political will on behalf of any of the actors to bring about closure of the OHR. This paper presents an overview of the different opinions that have been blocking this closure. In addition, it argues that Bosnia’s political structures have no genuine wish for the OHR to hand over ownership of the processes in the country, so they are creating crises to prevent the closure of the OHR. Finally, the paper examines the EU’s role in these processes, and the implications of the inability of the EU27 to reach consensus on Bosnia.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Bosnia/Herzegovina
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010
    Page Range: p. 11
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:39

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