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Old 11-23-07, 09:52 AM
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European Union Force in Bosnia Extended for Another Year

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071122/...e_eu/un_bosnia

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer

The U.N. Security Council Wednesday extended the European Union's peacekeeping force in Bosnia for a year, citing the Balkan nation's "very limited progress" towards EU membership and its failure to implement key reforms.

The resolution adopted unanimously by the council had a markedly downbeat tone compared to last year's resolution, which welcomed "tangible signs" of Bosnia's progress toward joining the 27-nation European bloc.

Twelve years after a peace agreement ended a bitterly divisive 3 1/2-year war, the council reminded the country's Muslims, Serbs and Croats that they have "the primary responsibility for the further successful implementation" of the 1995 agreement signed in Dayton, Ohio, which ended the conflict.

But it noted that the coutry "has made very limited progress towards the European Union, and in particular, towards the conclusion of a Stabilization and Association Agreement."

Bosnia was ravaged by Europe's worst fighting since World War II from 1992-95, in which 260,000 people were killed and 1.8 million were turned into refugees. The country is in turmoil again because the Dayton agreement divided Bosnia into two mini-states — a Bosnian Serb Republic and a Muslim-Croat federation — and the Bosnian Serbs are resisting efforts to unite the country as the EU is demanding.

International efforts to unite the country have been supported by the Muslim-Croat federation, which would like to see Bosnia enter the EU as a unified country. But Bosnian Serbs are insisting that their mini-state — Republika Srpska — remain as autonomous as possible, and they have resisted EU demands to integrate the separate police forces in the two mini-states, putting the country's progress toward EU membership on hold.

The council reiterated its call for Bosnian authorities "to implement in full their undertakings" as confirmed on Oct. 31 by the Peace Implementation Council, which comprises more than 40 countries and international organizations who oversee the peace conditions that followed the Bosnian war.

European Union defense ministers expressed concern on Monday about political tensions and pledged to maintain the EU's 2,500 peacekeepers in Bosnia.

The Security Council resolution welcomes the EU's intention to maintain the EU military operation and authorizes the force, known as EUFOR, for a further 12 months starting Wednesday. It also welcomes NATO's decision to continue to maintain a headquarters in Bosnia to assist in implementing the Dayton accord.

The council also reminded Bosnians of their commitment to cooperate with the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia by handing over all those indicted for war crimes and assisting its investigations.

Bosnia's two most wanted fugitive suspects are wartime leader of the Bosnian Serbs, Radovan Karadzic and his top general, Ratko Mladic, both charged with genocide and crimes against humanity.
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'failure to implement.....' sound vaguely familiar, does't it?

note: I wonder if the U.S. troops from that area will be home by Christmas.
You remember that President Bill Clinton promised the American people that they would be home by Christmas. He just failed to mention which Christmas.

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Old 11-26-07, 03:32 PM
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The EU needs to get its ass out of other people's cultures. If one group wants to be separate, then so be it. Forced integration leads to more war.
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I assume you include the U. S. in that.
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Old 11-26-07, 06:44 PM
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The EU needs to get its ass out of other people's cultures. If one group wants to be separate, then so be it. Forced integration leads to more war.
Who decides which group gets what lands when one group wants to break away and form their own country? I know, let's fight a war over it.

My only point is leaving them alone leads to war too. Thinking that leaving them alone is going to stop a war is most likely folly.
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Old 11-26-07, 06:48 PM
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The principal problem with our 'involvement' in the Balkans, IMO is that a former president, for all intents and purposes, created a open committment for this country in the Balkans.
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Old 11-27-07, 01:35 PM
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What happened in the Balkans shows that the Euros are spineless and in the midst of all the talk of not letting another holocaust take place, they were doing nothing while another one was going on. The problem now is that despite saving hundreds of thousands of Moslems from certain death, the US was still hated just as much after as before.
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Hundreds of thousands????

That's quite an exaggeration - even for you.
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Old 11-27-07, 03:50 PM
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How many Moslems live there? The Serbians appeared to be bent on either killing every one of them or moving them into camps.
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Old 11-27-07, 03:52 PM
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Don't be silly.

For one thing - there was another party involved in the civil war - The Croats.

btw: Do you know how many were killed in Kosovo during the 'civil war?'
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Kosovo has a population of more than 2 million people, of which, around 90% are Sunnis.
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Old 11-27-07, 04:05 PM
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In the civil war the percentage of those killed was about 65-35.

That, at the time, was about the percentage of the population - Muslim (65) & Serbs 35).

Of course many many Serbs have left the country since the U.S. invasion.
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My point is that it could have been any number of people and the Euros would still not do anything. They might hold memorials and build museums afterwards but wouldn't do anything except write letters while it was going on.
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