Analysis 23 Dec 15

Military Property Row Slows Bosnia's NATO Path

Divisions and mistrust between Bosnia's two entities are holding up the country’s accession to NATO’s Membership Action Plan, MAP.

Rodolfo Toe
BIRN
Sarajevo
 
 Soldiers of the Bosnian Army | Photo: Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Deep divisions between Bosnia’s two entities are delaying the country’s hopes of joining NATO, as the entities continue to argue over a key condition - the registration of military property.

Bosnia’s Federation entity is proceeding with registering military property, the last remaining condition for Bosnia to get MAP, the action plan membership that precedes actual membership.

But the Serbian-majority Republika Srpska, is blocking the process, insisting on a new state-level law.

The Bosnian Croat chairman of the three-member state presidency, Dragan Covic, recently met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss Bosnia’s future cooperation with the alliance.

"Twenty years after the Dayton [peace deal], in Bosnia and Herzegovina there are clear indicators that reforms are being intensified in all areas, including fulfillment of ... the criteria for the activation of the Action Plan (MAP) in NATO,” Covic’s office said following the meeting in Brussels on December 8.

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