29 Nov 10

Bosnia Press Review - November 29, 2010

WikiLeaks will release 1,419 diplomatic cables on Bosnia. Problems over registering property formerly owned by the military could be resolved soon. Agency predicts 25,000 deaths on Bosnia's Roads.

Sabina Arslanagic


Among the 250,000 secret diplomatic cables to be released by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, some 1,400 will concern Bosnia. The first such cable to be released revealed that  in November last year, the French government was pushing for closure of the international envoy’s office in Bosnia without the requirment that  previously set conditions were met. This move was opposed by the US.


Bosnia’s newly elected leaders are likely to resolve the issue of registering military property by taking it into state ownership, vice president of the multiethnic Social Democratic Party, SDP, Mirsad Djapo told the newspaper in an interview. Djapo spoke following a meeting between the SDP and the strongest Bosnian Serb party, the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD, at which the formation of a new government had been discussed. Bosnian Serbs previously opposed such a move, although this has been requested by NATO before the country can begin reforms under a Membership Action Plan with the military alliance.


Over a half of Bosnia's roads are highly risky,  two to three times more dangerous than roads in the majority of European countries, a study by the European Road Assessment Program, EuroRAP has shown. Without significant improvement, the agency estimates that  up to 25,000 people could be killed in car accidents on Bosnia's roads in the next ten years.

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