December 2008 Monthly Forecast

Posted 26 November 2008
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EUROPE

Bosnia and Herzegovina

In December the Council will hear the delayed briefing from the High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Miroslav Lajcak of Slovakia. His report on the implementation of the Peace Agreement covering the period 1 April to 31 October 2008 was circulated on 13 November by the Secretary-General and the briefing was expected in November, but was delayed at Lajcak’s request. The Council therefore had to take up the resolution reauthorising EUFOR without the benefit of the briefing, which may have contributed to the procedural problems that bedeviled the adoption of the resolution. There were also differences over substance in the Contact Drafting Group (made up of the US, UK, France, Italy, Russia and Germany) which led to the resolution only being circulated the day before it was adopted. Resolution 1845was eventually adopted at the last minute before expiry of EUFOR on 20 November 2008. Please see our November 2008 Forecast for more background on developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It seems likely that the postponement of the briefing to December, which is both an extremely busy and short month on the Council’s calendar, will mean that Council focus on the issues will be limited.

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