German chosen to lead powerful international body in Bosnia

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A German diplomat has been chosen to head a powerful international body in Bosnia that oversees implementation of a 1995 peace agreement that ended a devastating war in the Balkan country. The Office of High Representative said in a statement Thursday that its new leader is Christian Schmidt, a former German lawmaker. It added that Russia’s representative at the international body did not agree with the decision. Schmidt formally will take over on August 1 from Austrian diplomat Valentin Inzko who has held the post for the past 12 years. More than 100,000 people died in the 1992-95 Bosnian War. 

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