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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Peace Negotiations

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL4193, tabled on 18 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to impose sanctions on those undermining the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Answered on

2 December 2021

Sanctions are an important potential element in the UK toolkit for the Western Balkans. A specific legal regime is in place that allows sanctions to be imposed on individuals to counter anti-Dayton activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Experience has shown that sanctions are most effective when used in conjunction with other partners, and we are in close touch with our allies. We keep all evidence and potential sanctions designations under close review. It would not be appropriate to speculate about future sanctions targets as to do so could reduce their impact. We will also continue to use the wider range of tools we have available, including support for the High Representative and his executive powers, our programming work to strengthen the rule of law, media environment, civil society and the democratic process, and our public and private diplomatic engagement. We take a comprehensive approach in BiH, aiming to tackle corruption and state capture as well as targeting those who undermine the integrity of the state.