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Secretary of State Clinton in Sarajevo

October 11, 2010

Secretary Clinton landed in Sarajevo on the first leg of her trip through the Balkans:

Clinton arrived Monday night in Sarajevo, the capital of ethnically divided Bosnia-Herzegovina, which just held elections, to urge the country’s new leadership to make EU membership a priority. She then travels to Serbia and its now-independent former province of Kosovo to encourage the bitterly divided sides to normalize relations.

From Kosovo, Clinton will bring her message to EU headquarters in Brussels, where she will also attend NATO meetings on Thursday with Defense Secretary Robert Gates to discuss European security, the situation in Afghanistan and prepare for a November summit of alliance leaders in Portugal.

In Sarajevo on Tuesday, Clinton plans to meet with the three-member presidency to push for constitutional and other changes deemed necessary for EU membership. Bosnia is lagging behind other countries in the Western Balkans in making progress on such reforms, and its recent elections brought few changes to its political climate.

“We’ve been quite clear that we believe that further reforms are necessary,” Philip Gordon, the top U.S. diplomat for Europe, told reporters aboard Clinton’s plane.

“The Bosnians need to follow up,” Gordon said. “The rest of the region is moving towards Europe, and Bosnia is going to have to overcome these ethnic divisions … if they want to go down this path…”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2010 12:41 am

    Last time Hillary was here, she had to run with her head down because of all the sniper fire. She is such a brave woman.

    • October 12, 2010 10:13 am

      Gee, what a coincidence, I’ve been getting emails through this website from conservatives yesterday and today, feeling the need to say the exact same thing! How original!

      Got anything to actually contribute or just here to snark? How about something CURRENT?

      And I’m sure you are very brave TLOS, you know, behind your keyboard. At least she’s actually been to these war zones (I apologize if you are or were in the service, in which case you probably have been too).

  2. pondskipper permalink
    October 12, 2010 9:55 am

    Nice photos stacy thank you. My first shallow response is like the coat and she always looks cute in glasses. I’ll try and find something more intelligent to say later 🙂

  3. Thain permalink
    October 12, 2010 10:20 am

    Oh good, travel stuff. I actually got worried when I didn’t see anything new on this blog for almost a whole day, not even a schedule! I’ve become rather dependent on getting all my info. here. Then I remembered yesterday was a holiday for some.

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