A meeting Tuesday between Bosnia's Muslim, Serb and Croat leaders ended without an agreement on forming the new cabinet because the Bosnian Serb member of the presidency, Milorad Dodik, was against a package that would also include adopting a plan that would move Bosnia closer to NATO membership.
An agreement between the three is crucial because the lack of a government has stalled economic development in the Balkan nation that is still recovering from a devastating 1992-95 war.
Disagreements between Bosnia's pro-Russian Serbs and the other two groups over Bosnia's future relations with NATO could plunge the country deeper into crisis.
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