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EU-Bosnia Meeting Ends, To Resume On October 10

EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele (file photo)
BRUSSELS -- EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele and several Bosnian leaders have held a meeting in Brussels on ways to resolve Bosnia-Herzegovina's political deadlock.

The two sides are attempting to solve the issue of discrimination against national minorities in election processes, and the setting up of a single mechanism within the country that would coordinate relations with the European Union.

Talks are due to be resumed on October 10.

During the meeting on October 1, the Bosnian leaders signed up to a seven-point list of principles, which includes the provision that the Bosnian presidency should consist of three directly elected members, two from the Muslim-Croat Federation and one from Republika Srpska.

Bosnia risked losing close to 50 million euros ($60 million) in EU money and being suspended from the Council of Europe if nothing was agreed.

Both decisions will now be put on hold.