Bosnian triumvirate presidency doesn't work

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 14, 2000 -- (AFP) The United Nations envoy to Bosnia Jacques Klein, criticized the triumvirate Serbian, Croatian and Muslim government in Bosnia-Herzegovina as "dysfunctional" Tuesday.

"The dysfunctional triumvirate model of political organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina, enables one or other politician to ensure that the conditions set will never be met," said Klein.

Speaking to the UN Security Council during a public debate before the renewal of the UN mission's mandate in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Klein said the ineffective model was "exemplified by the failure of the three presidents to uphold their commitments" made to the UN in the New York Declaration.

The collective Bosnian government agreed November 15 in New York under the guidance of U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, to create a multiethnic border police and a common administration.

Holbrooke was the principal architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord that put an end to four years of war, and which instituted the triumvirate model for the presidency.

Bosnia's Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic, 75, who is current head of the tripartite presidency, announced last week he would step down in October, two years before his mandate expires.

Klein, a U.S. citizen, said that "the Milosevic regime in Serbia remains the fundamental obstacle to improved regional peace and security" in the Balkans.

He set three priorities for lasting peace in Bosnia: the entrance of the country in the European Union, democracy in Serbia, and greater efforts to arrest war criminals.

Original article