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Bosnian Leaders Reach Accord On Changing Constitution

22 November 2005 -- Bosnia's political leaders have reportedly agreed to embark upon a process of constitutional reform -- a move that could create a single presidency.

Political representatives of Bosnia's Serbs, Croats, and Muslims reached the agreement during talks in Washington marking this week's 10th anniversary of the U.S.-brokered Dayton Accords. That deal stopped a 1992-95 civil war, but also established a political system that enshrined ethnic divisions.

In a statement distributed by the U.S. State Department, Bosnian leaders did not specifically commit themselves to creating a single presidency.

But U.S. negotiator Nicholas Burns has said that a joint pledge from the Bosnians on reforming their constitution would lead inevitably to such a single entity.

A formal announcement was expected later today by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


Meet The Newsmakers

Meet The Newsmakers

As part of its coverage of the 10th annversary of the Dayton Accord, RFE/RL spoke with Christian Schwarz-Schilling, who served as an international mediator in Bosnia-Herzegovina for nearly a decade and is now Germany's candidate to succeed Britain's Paddy Ashdown as the international community's and EU's high representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

(To listen the RFE/RL's interview with Mr. Schwarz-Schilling, click here for Real Audio or here for Windows Media.)

RFE/RL also spoke with Wolfgang Petritsch, the international community's high representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2002.

(To hear RFE/RL's interview with Mr. Petritsch, click here for Real Audio or here for Windows Media.)