For Immediate Release

Office of Press Relations

Press Release

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

On January 14, 2021, Administrator Power met with High Representative Christian Schmidt in advance of her visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). They discussed the current political crisis in the country, the importance of efforts at de-escalation and reconciliation, and the need to empower those who are fighting corruption and creating economic opportunities for young people. The Administrator reaffirmed U.S. support for the High Representative and his ability to exercise all necessary authorities, including the Bonn Powers, until the 5+2 Agenda is complete and BiH has met the criteria for graduation from international supervision. They agreed that a prosperous future for BiH depends on political leaders and citizens working together to advance the reforms necessary to achieve BiH’s democratic and economic aspirations.

The Administrator and High Representative agreed to remain in close contact regarding the current political situation and in working to fully implement the 5 + 2 Agenda.

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