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Bosnia: UN

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's position is on the future of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina. (122952)

The Peace Implementation Council (PIC), on which the UK sits, reviewed its decision to close the Office of the High Representative (OHR) when it met on 26-27 February.

While the security situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina remains, and is likely to remain, stable, the UK has been concerned at a recent increase in nationalist politics, including in some cases anti-Dayton political rhetoric. Against the backdrop of the completion of the Kosovo Final Status process, the UK will argue at the PIC that closure of the OHR should be delayed beyond June 2007 to ensure the international community's capacity to safeguard progress in Bosnia-Herzegovina and assist its further political development.