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MEMO/11/293

Brussels, 12 May 2011

High Representative/Commission Vice-President Catherine Ashton visits Bosnia and Herzegovina this Friday

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday (May 13). In Sarajevo she will hold meetings with the BiH Presidency and in Banja Luka she will meet with the President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik. HR/VP Ashton will also meet the leaders of SDP and SDA Zlatko Lagumdzija and Sulejman Tihic.

"The European Union is reaffirming its clear commitment to the European perspective of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We want to see Bosnia and Herzegovina progress on this path, with the governments formed at all levels and with functioning institutions, in particular on the state level. We want to see the outstanding issues addressed and we want to see all the necessary reforms set in motion. We stand ready to help Bosnia and Herzegovina move forward," said Catherine Ashton ahead of her visit.

More information on the EU's positions on Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Council Conclusions on Bosnia and Herzegovina

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/App/Search/SearchNews.aspx?command=d&id=650&lang=EN&doclang=EN&dockey=120066

Statement by HRVP Catherine Ashton on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/App/Search/SearchNews.aspx?command=d&id=650&lang=EN&doclang=EN&dockey=121549

Media Advisory:

10.00 Joint press point by HRVP Ashton and RS President Milorad Dodik (venue: RS President's Palace, Banja Luka)

13.30 Press point after meeting the on Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, BiH presidency building, Sarajevo

EBS will provide audiovisual coverage of the press points.

http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm


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