February 13, 2012 – Washington, D.C. – The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACBH) welcomes and congratulates the newly appointed Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). This is an important step in ending the political impasse in BiH and moving the country towards a more stable and prosperous economic future.
The U.S. Department of State issued a statement today also welcoming the appointment of a new Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and congratulating Chairman Vjekoslav Bevanda and the entire government as they take up the important responsibility of leading BiH forward on behalf of its citizens.
"With the new Council in place, we are confident that the Bosnian Government will be able to build on its recent passage of EU-related legislation to open the door for a Bosnian application for EU candidacy. We also expect that the government will address as top priorities an agreement on a 2012 budget and the registration of defense property to meet NATO's condition for full participation in the Membership Action Plan. We look forward to continuing to support Bosnia and Herzegovina's European and Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations, alongside our European and other international partners" said Victoria Nuland, Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State.
ACBH has been working with the Southeast Europe Coalition, the Atlantic Council and the Heritage Foundation in organizing a conference in Chicago prior to the 2012 NATO Summit. We urge BiH's newly appointed Council of Ministers and political leaders to immediately focus on resolving the immovable defense property issues in hopes that BiH may be granted full entrance into NATO's Membership Action Plan (MAP).
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ACBH is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Bosnian-Americans and works to improve relations between the United States and BiH. ACBH advocates for a democratic, multiethnic, and indivisible BiH with a primary goal of advancing the integration of BiH into the EU and NATO.