FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, chairman and Serb member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia. Last year's general vote in Bosnia mainly saw nationalist parties and politicians from the three rival ethnic groups win most votes and they are scheduled to meet Tuesday Aug. 20, 2019, to try to break a deadlock on forming a new government, more than ten months after the general election in October. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, FILE)

Bosnia's bid to form a new govt fails over divisions on NATO

August 20, 2019 - 4:23 am

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The three members of Bosnia's multi-ethnic presidency have failed to break a deadlock on forming a new government more than ten months after the general election.

A meeting Tuesday between Bosnia's Muslim, Serb and Croat leaders ended without an agreement on forming the new cabinet because the Bosnian Serb member of the presidency, Milorad Dodik, was against a package that would also include adopting a plan that would move Bosnia closer to NATO membership.

An agreement between the three is crucial because the lack of a government has stalled economic development in the Balkan nation that is still recovering from a devastating 1992-95 war.

Disagreements between Bosnia's pro-Russian Serbs and the other two groups over Bosnia's future relations with NATO could plunge the country deeper into crisis.