Sarajevo – The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, said on Wednesday in Sarajevo that the EU will support every effort of political leaders which will bring real benefit to BiH citizens.
Ashton reiterated that the EU is fully committed to a single, stable, prosperous and multiethnic BiH which will assume its place in the EU that belongs to it.
“We are determined to stand by the citizens of this country and help them,” Ashton told reporters after a meeting with civil society representatives.
She said that the key to meeting citizens’ requests is for the leaders to go beyond ethnic divisions and deal with the interests of all citizens in BiH.
Ashton stressed that the legitimate fears arising from socio-economic problems were heard in the EU member states’ capitals.
“These voices must be heard and understood here in BiH as well. We agree that violence is unacceptable and that urgent action is needed,” Ashton said, and called on political leaders to listen and assume responsibility.
She added that people clearly expressed their ambitions for employment, a developing and growing economy, a functioning social protection system, the rule of law and an efficient judicial system.
After addressing the press, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, concluded her visit to BiH.