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Ashton says Bosnia lacks progress on reform

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EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday that Bosnia has done little, if anything, recently to carry out reforms needed for it to eventually join the European Union. During a visit to Sarajevo, Ashton urged Bosnia’s leaders in particular to end political discrimination against minorities, such as Jews and Roma. “I’m really disappointed that no real progress has been made since I last came here” in October 2012, AFP quoted Ashton as saying reporters after meeting members of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency. Ashton insisted that the former Yugoslav republic amend its constitution to stop discrimination against Jews and Roma after it was labeled discriminatory by the European Court of Human Rights. Under the internationally-brokered peace deal that ended Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, only its Muslims, Croats and Serbs are considered “constituent peoples” with the right to apply for top state and legislative positions. In 2009, the Strasbourg-based European court ruled that this discriminated against other ethnic groups, notably Jews or Roma.

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