Germany nominates ex-minister for Bosnia post

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31 October 2005, BERLIN - The German government said Saturday it has nominated former Post and Telecommunications Minister Christian Schwarz-Schilling to succeed Paddy Ashdown as the international community's High Representative for Bosnia.

31 October 2005

BERLIN - The German government said Saturday it has nominated former Post and Telecommunications Minister Christian Schwarz-Schilling to succeed Paddy Ashdown as the international community's High Representative for Bosnia.

Ashdown, who has held the post since 2002, is stepping down at the end of the year.

Schwarz-Schilling told the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that his nomination shows Germany's willingness to accept responsibility in the western Balkans.

The 74-year-old, who served as post minister from 1989-92, is up against candidates from Italy, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

The post of high representative was created as part of the 1995 Dayton peace agreement.

Schwarz-Schilling was an international mediator in Bosnia from 1995-2004.

The Council of Europe will decide on Ashdown's successor at the end of November.

DPA

Subject: German news

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