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U.S. Calls On Bosnia To Modify Its Constitution

24 September 2005 -- The United States has called on Bosnia-Herzegovina to consider changes to its constitution, which has been in force since a peace agreement ended the 1992-1995 war there.

In an interview published today in the Bosnian newspaper "Nezavisne Novine," U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina Douglas McElhaney said Bosnia's citizens should discuss the constitution and ways it could be improved.

McElhaney said the U.S. could help in the debate to create "a functional and stable system of government." During the last few months Bosnian Muslims and Croat officials have been calling for changes to the constitution, saying the country could not function properly with the current constitution.

Both want a stronger centralized state and the abolishment of the two semi-independent states -- the Serb's Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation -- that were created under the 1995 peace agreement.


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