Bosnia and Herzegovina and Membership Action Plan

  • 22 Apr. 2010
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  • Last updated: 26 Apr. 2010 10:54

Last December NATO Foreign Ministers decided that Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will join the Membership Action Plan (MAP) once it achieves the necessary progress in its reform efforts.

From left to right: US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Claude-France Arnould, Deputy Director, EU Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, NATO Deputy Secretary General and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Since then, BiH has made significant progress on reform. On 22 April in Tallinn, NATO Foreign Ministers welcomed the country’s decision on the destruction of surplus ammunition and arms, and its new ISAF contributions.

Foreign Ministers remain concerned, however, that the defence property issue has not yet been resolved. Therefore, while they invited BiH to join MAP, they authorized the North Atlantic Council in Permanent Session to accept BiH´s first Annual National Programme only when all immovable defence properties identified as necessary for future defence purposes have been officially registered as the state property of BiH, for use by the BiH Ministry of Defence.