Fabricated Stories to Instigate Fear Among the Citizens of BiH Must Stop

Certain politicians continue to use a fabricated story about a so-called “NATO exercise” to instigate fear among the citizens of BiH, despite our continued efforts to provide factual and timely information about the exercise.  The U.S. Embassy strongly rejects all speculation and allegations about this exercise. As we have said many times, as part of ...
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Recognition for BiH Security and Law-Enforcement Officials

On February 8, Chargé  d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina Paul Horowitz and FBI Legal Attaché John Bivona presented FBI Director Certificates of Appreciation to security and law-enforcement officials from the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina in recognition of their efforts and assistance in the successful arrest and extradition of Mirsad Kandic. ...
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The Embassies of the United Kingdom and United States of America Deeply Concerned About the HJPC Conclusions

The Embassies of the United Kingdom and United States of America are deeply concerned about conclusions reached by the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) on Thursday, following information submitted by the RS Center for the Investigation of War, War Crimes and the Search for Missing Persons.  In particular, we are troubled by the HJPC’s ...
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U.S. Ambassador Cormack and EU Ambassador Wigemark Met With BiH Presidency Member Izetbegovic

Today E.U. Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark and U.S. Ambassador Maureen Cormack met with BiH Presidency Member Bakir Izetbegovic. They discussed the need for renewed momentum on the Euro-Atlantic path, implementing reform commitments, and improving the rule of law. They agreed on the urgent need to address the excise package, and unlock €500 million of investments in ...
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Ambassador Cormack met with a group of mayors

U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack met with a group of mayors for lunch on the margins of the “U.S. Business Promotion and Networking Forum” in Banja Luka on Friday, September 22.  The lunch was an opportunity to discuss how the mayors have improved the business climates in their municipalities, focusing on the best methods to drive economic growth and ways the U.S. Embassy ...
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Regional Chiefs of Mission Workshop for U.S. Ambassadors in Sarajevo

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo is hosting an annual Regional Chiefs of Mission Workshop for U.S. Ambassadors September 17-19.  Participating in the workshop will be the U.S. Ambassadors to Albania, BiH, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. During the workshop, the Ambassadors will hold internal discussions related to common issues faced by U.S. missions ...
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U.S. Ambassador Cormack and EU Ambassador Wigemark Met With BiH Presidency Chair Covic

Today U.S. Ambassador Maureen Cormack and EU Special Representative and Head of EU Delegation Lars-Gunnar Wigemark met with BiH Presidency Chair Dragan Covic. They discussed a number of issues concerning reforms, regaining momentum on the EU path, and improving the rule of law. On the 2018 General Elections, they emphasized the responsibility of all BiH ...
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Jackal Stone 2017 Exercise in BiH

Members of the U.S. military will begin arriving in June in Bosnia and Herzegovina in preparation for Exercise Jackal Stone 2017. Jackal Stone is part of the U.S. European Command’s Joint Training and Exercise Program, which is designed to enhance joint, combined interoperability with Allied and partner nations. Jackal Stone 2017 is a bilateral exercise ...
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U.S. Embassy Press Statement

In a demonstration of continued U.S. commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to strengthening democratic principles and institutions within the country, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee and Ambassador Maureen Cormack spoke with the RS President to underscore our concerns about his recent statements and actions, and to ...
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Defense Review Decision

The Embassies of the United States of America and the United Kingdom, and NATO Headquarters Sarajevo welcome the decision by the BiH Presidency to issue clear direction to the Ministry of Defense to complete BiH’s Defense Review.  The completed Review will define the Armed Forces’ size and capability, frame modernization plans, and identify resources required ...
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U.S. Embassy Sarajevo Statement on the ICTY Verdict in the Case of Radovan Karadzic

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo views today’s verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the case of Radovan Karadzic as an important step toward holding the individuals who were responsible for the tremendous suffering of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina to account.  We hope that it can provide some sense ...
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Ambassador Cormack Speaks About 20th Anniversary of Dayton at Igman Initiative

Addressing participants at Saturday’s session of the Igman Initiative, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, Ambassador Cormack emphasized that BiH is at a crossroads, with more effort needed to advance towards EU and NATO membership. She called for more decisive engagement in all fields in implementing the Reform Agenda, and noted ...
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U.S. Embassy BiH Statement of Condolences

We in the United States Embassy to BiH extend our sincerest condolences to the families of Private First Class Armin Salkic and Corporal Nedeljko Radic, the soldiers killed in last night’s terrorist attack in Rajlovac, and to their friends and colleagues in the Armed Forces of BiH, for whom we have the deepest respect.  Our ...
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U.S. Embassy Sarajevo Statement on the Incident at the Potocari Commemoration

As Former President Clinton said in his remarks honoring the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica today, it took courage for PM Vucic to attend the commemoration. The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo condemns the subsequent attack on the Prime Minister.   Many of the mourners were horrified by the violence and disheartened that it disrupted ...
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Statement on the Failure of the UN Resolution on the Srebrenica Genocide

The U.S. Embassy strongly echoes the sentiments expressed by Ambassador Power on the floor of the United Nations yesterday, voices throughout the U.S. Government, and members of the international community who were equally disheartened by Russia’s decision to veto the Security Council resolution commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide.  As Ambassador Power noted, ...
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U.S. Embassy Press Statement on the RSNA Declaration

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo urges members of the the Republika Srpska National Assembly to show their commitment to the Dayton Peace Agreement by refraining from adopting any declaration that would disregard the authority of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. To explicitly express intent not to implement the pending decision of the Constitutional ...
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U.S. Embassy Press Statement on Formation of the BiH Council of Ministers and Government of FBiH

Yesterday’s formation of the Council of Ministers and the Federation Government allows the elected officials to turn their focus rightfully to a demanding reform agenda that must be addressed immediately. Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina expect tangible progress in a number of areas including job creation, rule of law, struggle against corruption and progress towards ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Decision of the EU Foreign Affairs Council

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the decision of the EU Foreign Affairs Council to proceed with the conclusion and entry into force of the Stabilization and Association Agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This is an important milestone on the path to EU integration.  Outlining and implementing the actual reform agenda in coming months will be difficult, ...
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Ambassador Cormack opens Counter-Terrorism Workshop

Ambassador Maureen Cormack officially welcomed participants to a Counter-Terrorism Workshop in Sarajevo hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice in order to encourage cooperation between investigators and prosecutors.  The two-day event held at the Hotel Hollywood features American counter-terrorism experts and their counterparts from SIPA and the BiH Prosecutor’s Office providing insight on how to ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Threats to Freedom of Expression

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo has communicated to both politicians and citizens of BiH our deep concern regarding proposed legislation on Public Peace and Order scheduled for debate by the Republika Srpska National Assembly, believing that it poses a direct challenge to the fundamental human right to freedom of expression. The U.S. Government supports efforts ...
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