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Clinton, Ashton In Joint Bosnia Visit


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are due on October 30 to make a joint visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Clinton and Ashton are expected to meet with the members of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency to urge action on reforms to move Bosnia closer to eventual EU and NATO membership.

Analysts say Bosnia’s integration into Western institutions continues to be hobbled over deep divisions between the country's Muslim, Serbian, and Croatian communities, 17 years after the end of the 1992-1995 war.

After Sarajevo, Clinton and Ashton are expected to make joint visits to Serbia and Kosovo to encourage further moves toward reconciliation and reforms for eventual EU membership.

The U.S. and most EU nations have recognized Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia.
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