NEW YORK, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - Russia and China failed on Thursday in their attempt to bring the Council Security Council to withdraw some credentials from an international envoy overseeing the implementation of a 1995 Bosnia Peace Accord and closing the envoy's office within a year.
Russia and China were the dthe only board members to vote for their draft resolution, while the other 13 board members abstained. A resolution requires nine votes for and no veto from Russia, China, the United States, France or Great Britain.
Former German government minister Christian Schmidt will succeed Austrian Valentin Inzko on August 1 as High Representative in Bosnia. Schmidt was appointed in May by a steering committee of the Peace Implementation Council.
The council is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia, Great Britain, United States, European Union, European Commission and Organization of the Islamic Conference. Russia has said it does not agree with the decision.
After their draft resolution failed on Thursday , Russia and China ont argues that Schmidt cannot fulfill his role because he has not been approved by the Security Council. Many other Council members disagreed.
"There is no decisive role for the Secretary-General, or the UN Security Council in the nomination process, and no requirement that the board take action to confirm the nomination of Mr. Schmidt, "said the United States Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations , Richard Mills, to the council after the vote.
The Office of the High Representative was created as part of the Dayton peace accords that ended in the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1995 to oversee the reconstruction of a country torn by ethnic conflict in which 100,000 died.
Nati Bosnian Autonomous Region The Russian-backed Serbian region has long called for the closure of theby the High Representative. Report by Michelle Nichols; edited by Grant McCool
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