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UN Extends EU Peacekeeping Mandate in Bosnia

The UN Security Council has extended the European Union's peacekeeping mission in Bosnia for one year. Since the war, the country has been under international administration, first under NATO and now under the EU.

Soldier sticking EUFOR letters on to tank

EUFOR took over in Bosnia in late 2004

The resolution was approved unanimously late Thursday, Nov. 20, and welcomed the EU's intention to retain its 2,100-strong military presence, known as EUFOR, in the country.

The Council also reminded Bosnia's Muslims, Serbs and Croats that it is primarily their responsibility to implement the Dayton peace agreement that ended the 1992-1995 war.

The continued willingness of the international community and major donors to assume the political, military and economic burden of implementation and reconstruction efforts will be determined by the compliance and active participation by all the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementing the peace agreement and rebuilding a civil society," the Council said.

It also welcomed Bosnia's signing of a pre-membership agreement with the EU in June.

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