Bosnian leaders to meet for talks in Italy

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Ethnically-divided Bosnian leaders who have failed to form a central government 14 months after polls will meet in Italy next week for talks aimed at reaching a compromise, organisers said Monday.

The talks will be held from November 26-29 in the northern Italian town of Cadenabbia on the shores of Lake Como under the auspices of a German think-tank.

"The goal of the conference will be to open a space for discussion among Bosnia-Hercegovina's political leaders and experts," the Konrad Adenauer Fund said in a statement.

The aim is to debate reforms of Bosnia's constitution, but Bosnian Croat leader Dragan Covic told the daily Vecernji List that: "I believe that we will reach an accord and end the deadlock in the entire process at the meeting...."

Bosnia's three main ethnic communities -- Serbs, Croats and Muslims -- are unable to agree on forming a central government to carry out the reforms needed for integration with the European Union since October 2010 legislative polls.

The ongoing political crisis has been the longest since the end of the 1992-1995 interethnic war.

© 2011 AFP

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