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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Swedish counterpart on the closure of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and if he will make a statement. (279701)

I maintain a regular dialogue with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. I have had a number of discussions with Foreign Minister Bildt on the question of the transition from the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina to EU Special Representative once the ‘5+2’ objectives and conditions set by the Peace Implementation Council Steering Board are met. I have been clear on the Government’s view that transition can only take place once the conditions are met.