Bosnia: President Izetbegovic, EU accession request in June

Agreement in country over European integration

21 March, 18:29

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MARCH 21 - Bosnia Herzegovina will officially ask to enter the European Union ''in June this year'', the leader of the tripartite Bosnian presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, has said in Brussels today. The President was speaking after his meeting with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.

''We would like to present a credible request in June this year,'' Izetbegovic said. ''In the next three months, the issue will be resolved politically, and perhaps six months of parliamentary procedures will follow, but I hope that the EU's leaders will not await these procedures''. Speaking on his first official visit to Brussels, Izetbegovic was keen to send out a message. ''This is the most important place for Bosnia Herzegovina,'' he said.

After 15 months of political stagnation, the country ''for the first time has an internal agreement that is not the result of international pressure,'' the President commented. ''There is agreement in Bosnia on the importance of integrating the EU and I believe that in 10 years we will be part of this process''. (ANSAmed).

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