New York, 8 February 2011
Statement by H.E. Mr. Ivan Barbalić, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations
At the outset, allow me to express our appreciation to Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, for her cross-cutting briefing on the engagements of the European Union (EU) and its relations with the United Nations.
A new phase in the EU’s history started more than a year ago with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. The Treaty provides the European Union with tools to strengthen and simplify its international representation. During the past year, the European External Action Service was created under the able leadership of Lady Ashton. The Service should reach its full potential in 2011, resulting in the EU’s increased aptitude for maintaining international peace and security, combating poverty and providing humanitarian assistance, to mention some of the significant areas of the EU’s activities.
Challenges and risks to international peace and security require a multidimensional and multilateral response. It is therefore commendable that the European Union and the United Nations are jointly addressing major global crises in the Middle East, the Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad and Haiti. The European Union and the United Nations share a strong commitment to peace consolidation, the rule of law and socio-economic development in post-conflict societies. Hence tangible results have been achieved in those areas. However, we believe that there is always room for improvement in the multidimensional approach to which I have referred.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has had rather intensive cooperation and interaction with a variety of actors in the international community in its recent history. One of the lessons learned during the international engagement in our country was that all actors of the international community — civilian, military, economic and political — should speak with one voice.
The Security Council presidential statement issued under the symbol S/PRST/2011/2 underscores that more coherent and coordinated actions represent an essential precondition for the success of every mission undertaken by international community actors — whether the United Nations or the EU or UNHCR, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme or the International Organization of la Francophonie.
Bosnia and Herzegovina therefore strongly encourages the European Union to be more vocal in the United Nations, with a view to establishing adequate coordination mechanisms for better coherence and efficiency of EU and United Nations military and civilian operations. The role of the EU is especially important when it comes to the issue of sharing experiences and improving coordination with other regional and subregional organizations, especially with the African Union.
Finally, as a member of the Security Council and potential candidate for EU membership, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains fully committed to bolstering and developing cooperation and effective partnerships between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations, including the European Union.