Swedish princess urges Bosnia's leaders to address pollution

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Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria attends the planning session "Smart growth for a new climate reality", in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Swedish Crown Princess Victoria has urged Bosnian leaders to commit to tackling the climate change and environmental pollution, saying it is one of the key challenges they will have to address if they want to bring their country into the European Union. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

SARAJEVO – Swedish Crown Princess Victoria has urged Bosnian leaders to tackle their country's environmental problems, saying it's a key challenge they'll have to confront if the Balkan country wants to join the European Union.

Princess Victoria spoke at a climate conference in Sarajevo on Wednesday that included Bosnia's top political leaders, activists and business representatives. She warned that the "threats of climate change and environmental pollution are real."

Bosnia applied for EU membership in 2016, but its continued ethnic divide threatens the process. The country has never fully recovered from its 1992-95 war.

It's recently come under increased pressure to address environmental problem. A U.N. report in June said that Bosnia's residents are exposed to some of the highest concentrations of air pollution in Europe.