US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a visit to Bosnia, has warned the country that it is lagging behind its Balkan neighbours in the drive to integrate with mainstream Europe.
She said that even though hatreds had eased, nationalism persisted and as a consequence, the promise of greater stability and opportunity that Europe could bring remained out of reach.
Her message to Sarajevo university students was that more needs to be done.
“I hope that today you see that future we believe in for you. A future where you’re part of Europe, a part of the transatlantic community and you’re part of a nation that is working together to improve the lives of all of the people,” said the Secretary of State.
As US President, Bill Clinton oversaw Bosnia’s independence after the Balkans war.
US officials hope his wife’s trip, which also takes in Serbia and Kosovo, will boost reforms.
But last week’s elections in Bosnia seemed likely to prolong the political deadlock between the Muslim, Serb and Croat populations.