Talks Must Continue As Soon As Possible
A window of opportunity still exists for agreement on
police reform. Although many other issues are on the all parties have an
enormous incentive to reach agreement.
Last December the Peace Implementation Council called for
constructive talks among the political parties in order to facilitate the work
of the Directorate and adoption of the Directorate’s
Two weeks ago talks seemed impossible, but political talks have started on the basis of
the Directorate report and that is encouraging. It is also encouraging that there appear to
be no objections to the timeline presented on 16 February.
The BiH leaders must
reach an agreement on the report. Changes to the report are possible as long as they are in line with the
three EU principles.
But without further talks progress becomes impossible.
BiH could be in a position to progress towards its SAA as soon as mid-March.
This is a golden opportunity for all in BiH.
A series of proposals have been
made in the course of political talks, some of these are in line with the three
EC principles; others are not. The only way to reach agreement is work
creatively to find common ground. The status quo has to change, but this
country’s political leaders must work out how.
This country needs
police reform and it needs an SAA. If time is wasted, the opportunity of a
signature of the SAA before the end of 2007 will be lost. There is no
alternative to political