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EU’s Ashton urges Bosnia leaders to start reforms

March 12, 2014

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has urged Bosnia’s leaders to start reforming the country’s economy and its social welfare and judicial systems as Bosnians demanded during recent violent protests against unemployment and corruption.

Clashes with police left 200 injured last month, and government buildings were burned. Unemployment is now nearly 40 percent and Bosnia has fallen behind its neighbors in getting closer to EU membership.

Ashton said in Sarajevo on Wednesday that the EU wants to see Bosnia united, stable, prosperous and multi-ethnic. She said the country’s leaders must look beyond ethnic divisions and act on public demands.

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