Ownership Process in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Christophe Solioz and Svebor Dizdarevic (Eds.), Sarajevo, 2001.

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Aware that as long as the international community determines politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina to such a large degree, it will inhibit the mature growth of Bosnian institutions, ownership is since 1999 a priority for the High Representative, Wolfgang Petritsch. It is now time to clarify the concept, to design a clearer strategy and agenda focusing on empowering local actors in order to introduce a concrete breakthrough in the ownership process. By doing this, the international community would only follow through on the promises made at Dayton – the GFAP indeed included provisions that will gradually increase the power of the central institutions. (…) Aware that as long as the international community determines politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina to such a large degree, it will inhibit the mature growth of Bosnian institutions, ownership is since 1999 a priority for the High Representative, Wolfgang Petritsch. It is now time to clarify the concept, to design a clearer strategy and agenda focusing on empowering local actors in order to introduce a concrete breakthrough in the ownership process. By doing this, the international community would only follow through on the promises made at Dayton – the GFAP indeed included provisions that will gradually increase the power of the central institutions.

With contributions by Svebor Dizdarevic | Sejfudin Tokić | Matthias Sonn | Žarko Papić | Dragoljub Stojanov | Vladimir Velebit | Rajko Macura | Ermin Sinanović | Christophe Solioz.