EU foreign ministers demand Bosnian leaders sign commitment in writing to reforms

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European Union nations are demanding that leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina commit themselves in writing to legal, social and economic reforms for the troubled Balkan country's status with the EU to be upgraded.

Bosnia wants to join the EU, but in the past four years it has been plagued by economic stagnation, social unrest, official corruption and a staggering unemployment rate of 44 percent.

On Monday, the EU's foreign ministers said they want an irrevocable commitment from the Bosnian presidency, parliament and political leaders to reforms, including in the fields of good governance and the rule of law.

The ministers said only when such a signed pledge has been delivered will the EU consider moving to the next stage in relations, closer political ties under the so-called Stabilization and Association Agreement.