U.S. Embassy Suspends Memorandum of Understanding with Zenica-Doboj Canton

After the Zenica-Doboj Assembly passed amendments to the Law on Internal Affairs designed to reduce good governance, U.S. Ambassador to BiH Eric Nelson sent a letter to the Zenica-Doboj authorities regarding the immediate suspension of an MOU with the Government of Zenica-Doboj Canton. See the full text of the letter here:

Mirnes Bašić, Prime Minister of Zenica-Doboj

Ćazim Huskić, Speaker of the Assembly of Zenica-Doboj Canton

Dear Prime Minister Bašić and Speaker Huskić,

The U.S. Embassy has decided to immediately suspend its Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Zenica-Doboj Canton. The Memorandum provided for cooperation in the fight against corruption through our Senior Anti-Corruption Advisor Program. The recent passage of amendments to the Law on Internal Affairs designed to reduce police independence, transparent good governance, legal certainty, and the rule of law, causes the U.S. Embassy to conclude the Zenica-Doboj Canton Government will not be a reliable partner in fighting corruption.

We remain committed to promoting democracy, transparency, accountability, and democratic governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina and across the Western Balkans, consistent with the standards the countries of the region must meet in order to secure their goals of advancing on the European path.

As a demonstration of this commitment, President Biden has signed a new Executive Order which expands sanctions designation criteria, to address current challenges such as corruption, and other actions that obstruct key institutions and international agreements, including new agreements and institutions.

Sincerely,

Eric G. Nelson