Russia and China fail at UN to close Bosnian peace envoy

File Photo: Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt arrived to discuss the formation of a government with the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in Berlin, Germany, on January 3, 2018.Reuters / Hannibal Hanshuke / File Photo

July 22, 2021

Michelle Nichols

New York (Reuters) -Russia and China to deprive the UN Security Council of some authority from the international mission overseeing the implementation of the 1995 Bosnia Peace Accord and close the mission’s office in a year I failed on Thursday.

Russia and China were the only two councilors to vote on the resolution, with the remaining 13 councilors abstaining. The resolution requires 9 votes in favor and does not require veto by Russia, China, the United States, France or the United Kingdom.

Former German Minister Christian Schmidt will take over from Valentin Inzko, Austria, as Senior Representative of Bosnia on August 1. Schmidt was appointed by the Steering Committee of the Peace Implementation Council in May.

The board of directors consists of organizations of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, the European Commission, and the Islamic Council. Russia said it did not agree with the decision.

After the resolution failed on Thursday, Russia and China claimed that Schmidt could not assume his role because it had not been approved by the Security Council. Many other council members objected.

“The Secretary-General or the UN Security Council has no decisive role in the appointment process, and the council does not need to take action to confirm Mr. Schmidt’s nomination,” said UN Ambassador Richard Mills. Told the council. Voting.

The High Representative Office was established as part of the Dayton Peace Agreement, which ended the 1992-95 war in Bosnia to oversee the reconstruction of a country collapsed by ethnic conflicts that killed 100,000 people.

Bosnia’s autonomous nationalist Serbian region, backed by Russia, has long demanded the closure of its senior government offices.

(Report by Michelle Nichols, edited by Grant McCool)

Russia and China fail at UN to close Bosnian peace envoy

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