Chollet on US sanctions: An important step, people of BiH deserve better

Derek Chollet
Derek Chollet (RSE)

People of Bosnia and Herzegovina deserve better, said US State Department Counselor Derek Chollet, following the sanctions that the US administration imposed for some Bosnian officials, including Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, as well as a Banja Luka-based media outlet.

“An important step. When I went to BiH in November, I made it clear that the U.S. will stand up to corrupt actors. The people of BiH deserve better,” Chollet tweeted.

During his visit to Sarajevo Chollet spoke to N1, announcing a possibility of sanctions and noting that the US administration has at disposal the tools that might be used on those who attempt to undermine stability and unity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Besides Dodik, who is subject of sanctions for corrupt activities and threats to stability and territorial integrity of BiH, the US administration also imposed sanctions on former President of Bosnian High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council Milan Tegeltija and leader of the PDA party Mirsad Kukic as well as a media outlet linked to Dodik, Alternativna TV.

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