OHR’s Statement at the International Agencies’ Joint Press Conference in Banja Luka

Schwarz-Schilling in theUnited

As you are all aware, the
High Representative and EU Special Representative, Christian Schwarz-Schilling,
is currently in the United States on a three-day visit.

Mr Schwarz-Schilling
specifically raised the issue of the plight of police decertified by the United
Nations International Police Task Force both when he addressed the UN Security
Council in New York yesterday and later when he met with JeanMarie Guéhenno, the
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

In his speech, he explained
what he and his staff have done since he last addressed the UN Security Council,
but pointed out that legally and politically he is unable to resolve this issue.
“The ball is squarely in your court,” he said.

With Under-Secretary-General
Guéhenno, Mr Schwarz-Schilling also discussed the transition in

Bosnia and Herzegovina

and the Peace Implementation
Council’s decision to seek the endorsement of the UN Security Council for the
closure of the Office of the High Representative.

Today, the High
Representative and EU Special Representative is in Washington DC where he will
be meeting with Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary for Europe, and Clint
Williamson, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crime Issues, at the State Department
and Judy Ansley, Senior Director for European Affairs, at the National Security

On Friday, he will meet with Paul
Wolfowitz, the President of the World Bank.