US Agency for International Development urges members of Bosnia and Herzegovina's presidency to work on reconciliation

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US Agency for International Development urges members of Bosnia and Herzegovina's presidency to work on reconciliation

Ambassador Erin E. McKee, Assistant Administrator of the Office for Europe and Eurasia at the US Agency for International Development USAID and US Ambassador Michael J. Murphy, met with the newly elected members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, eljka Cvijanovi and Denis Be irovi McKee and Murphy yesterday, and asked them to lead BiH on a new path, end the politics of division and create a better future for those they represent.

At a time when a third of BiH citizens are living outside the country due to corruption, insufficient opportunities for career development, politicians who govern the country by their own narrow interests and the lack of an adequate government response to the real needs of citizens, Assistant Administrator McKee stressed the need for security and stability, as well as development and creation of new opportunities.

In order to proactively oppose corruption and transparently govern in the interest of the public, McKee said that the Presidency should be a leader in the re-establishment of functional government at all levels.

She encouraged the members of the BiH Presidency to work on the healing of society and reconciliation, by taking seriously the duty to lead their country from the past to a future that will rest on new opportunities, stability, tolerance and peace.

McKee reiterated the US Government's commitment to continue partnership relations with BiH, especially in improving the rule of law, human rights and economic reforms necessary for BiH s progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration and a safer, more peaceful and more advanced future for all its citizens.

The US government has been providing two billion dollars in aid to the economic, democratic and social progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina to date, mainly through USAID.

The US Agency for International Development is leading the US government's efforts to end extreme poverty while promoting stronger democratic communities, noted USAID.