Ban Ki-moon concerned over Bosnian unrest

UN chief said it is unconfirmed whether he will attend the First World War Centenary commemorations starting with the Festival “Sarajevo – Heart of Europe”.

UN chief said it is unconfirmed whether he will attend the First World War Centenary commemorations starting with the Festival “Sarajevo – Heart of Europe”.

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern over the ongoing protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina during a lunch he hosted for the U.N. Correspondents Association in New York on Tuesday.

Referring to the unrest which started last Friday in Tuzla and spread to other Bosnian cities, in which thousands of Bosnians went onto the streets calling for the resignation of the government, Ban said “Bosnia and Herzegovina is one area where they - ethnically divided Bosnian politicians - are not able to clearly form one unity government.”

Chief U.N. spokesperson Martin Nesirky told the AA, although UN “don’t have any direct statement at this point”, Ban was dully informed on the situation in Bosnia during his official visit to the Sochi Olympic Winter games.

Asked whether he will go and was he already invited to the big centenary commemorations of the start of World War One (1914) – which will be held in Sarajevo at the end of June this year, Mr. Ban said he is still waiting for an official invitation. He also said: “June looks crowded.”

First World War Centenary commemorations will open with the Festival “Sarajevo – Heart of Europe” which will be held from June 22nd to June 28th, 2014 in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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