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Security Council Report: Update report - Bosnia and Herzegovina No. 1

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The Council received the thirty-first report on the implementation of the Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina in early May. On Wednesday 16 May it will be briefed by the High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schwarz-Schilling and discuss the report. These regular reports are in accordance with annex 10 of the Dayton Peace Agreement and the conclusions of the London Peace Implementation Conference of 1995.

This will be the last report from Schwarz-Schilling who announced in January that he will not stay on beyond the end of his term which ends on 30 June 2007.

Key Recent Developments

By the end of 2006 it had become clear that Bosnia and Herzegovina was not meeting the goals set by the EU and the international community. These included constitutional reform, the adoption of a unified police force and full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). In the second half of 2006 Bosnian authorities failed to pass a single law required by the EU and constitutional talks collapsed. In the last few months, progress on meeting the preconditions for the EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement have been crippled by the lack of agreement on police restructuring.

Schwarz-Schilling, who came into office in January 2006, expected to be the last High Representative. However by late 2006 with the uncertain regional environment, the slow-down in reform and delay in filling many government positions following the October elections, the picture had changed and closing the Office of the High Representative (OHR) by 30 June 2007 began to look premature.

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