The end of the last week was marked for Bosnia and Herzegovina with unprecedented flash of street violence. All commentators note that the kind of situation has not been suffered through in the country since the end of the war in 1995. During protest actions hundreds of people were injured – police as well as those who came out to reveal their anger in the street. During those several days of confrontation several regional administrations were crushed, and the Presidential palace was set on fire. As one of the activists Darko Brkan smartly noted, Bosnia and Herzegovina “collective mental breakdown”.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
This October it’s the 60th anniversary of joining Turkey to NATO. In the heat of the “cold war” it was extremely important part of strategic planning of the North Atlantic Alliance. Those times its task was about counteracting to the extension of geopolitical influence of the Soviet Union. Except for that, together with Greece simultaneously joining the Alliance it was a natural barrier on the way of direct approach of the USSR to an oil-wealthy Near East.
Ministers have called for furthering regional cooperation and European Union membership by 2020.
On 22-23 April at the informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Tallinn, NATO’s new Strategic Concept that should be agreed on in November during the Lisbon Summit was discussed.
By the end of his term in 2014, Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle hopes to have achieved enough to end talk of "enlargement fatigue" and help EU citizens to see more clearly the benefits of an enlarged Europe.
Next year Kazakhstan will chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Kazakhstan joined OSCE in 1992 right after declaration of independence, and afterwards has actively cooperated with the Organization in all spheres during all these years.