Austrian Tapped for Bosnia OHR Post-Source

resizer119European foreign ministers failed to formally appoint the new international representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday but sources said that Austrian Valentin Inszko, Vienna’s former ambassador to Bosnia, was now the strongest contender for the post after the British frontrunner pulled out.

According to diplomatic sources, Emyr Parry Jones, former British ambassador in NATO and UN was being considered for the post but let EU countries know that he will not be available to take the job immediately.

In public statements, European politicians avoided giving details of any complications but justified the delay with the need to consult the members of the Peace Implementation Council that are not EU members.

“We have to exchange views with other members of PIC, because this person will be international representative, therefore we have to consult U.S, Russia and Turkey”, said EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said. “Consultations will start by tomorrow.”

According to Brussels sources, the question of appointment of highest BIH position will be solved in coming days and Austria’s Inszko is the person picked for the job that needs now to be approved by all other PIC members.

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