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Bosnian leaders fail to reach constitution agreement

[JURIST] At the close of a three-day meeting in Brussels Monday, the leaders of eight Bosnian political parties failed to reach an agreement on a new draft constitution [JURIST report] for the country. Representatives of the three main nationalities in Bosnia [government website; CIA backgrounder], Muslims, Serbs and Croats, agreed to disagree and to extend negotiations into next week, when they will resume talks in Washington. The goal of the new negotiations, sponsored by the European Union and the United States, is to simplify and stabilize the current constitution [text], which created one of the world's most ineffective and complex governments. American diplomat Donald Hayes, who chaired the Brussels meeting, said some progress has been made especially in the areas of elections and involvement in the EU. AKI has more.

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