US urges revisions to Bosnian constitution

[JURIST] The Bush administration is urging Bosnian leaders to revise its constitution [text] in time for Tuesday's commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Accord [PBS summary] ending the Bosnian war. As the EU starts negotiations to prepare Bosnia for EU membership [AP report] and the US seeks to renew its involvement in the country, leaders have pressed for creation of a unified parliamentary government with a single president in Bosnia. Under the Dayton Accord, Bosnia has three presidents, one representing each sectarian group. Bosnian leaders failed to reach an agreement [JURIST report] on a US-backed draft [JURIST report] during a meeting in Brussels last week and agreed to extend negotiations.

During the talks in Washington, the US also pressed Muslim, Croat and Serbian leaders to commit to arresting Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile], a former Bosnian Serb leader wanted in connection with a July 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the former Yugoslavia. Karadzic's son Aleksandar was arrested by NATO [JURIST report] in July, but he has denied knowledge of his father's whereabouts. Monday's New York Times has more.

 

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