Bosnia And Herzegovina Dayton Agreement

He said peace in the Balkans was in America`s interest and assured the American people that since 25 other nations had already agreed to participate in a 60,000 military force, only a third of the troops would be American. The immediate objective of the agreement was to freeze the military confrontation and prevent its resumption. It has therefore been defined as a “construction of necessity”. [11] Speeches from a podium in front of 23 flags in French alphabetical order were strictly limited to six minutes each. Alija Izetbegovic, the Bosnian president, said: “My government signs this agreement without enthusiasm, like someone who takes a bitter but useful potion.” But a ceasefire is no small feat in a war that has killed tens of thousands of civilians. For many Bosniaks, no matter how black things will be, For this reason, Dayton will always be better than nothing. For Reuf Bajrović, the former Bosnian energy minister, the deal is the worst deal, beyond all these likely alternatives. During their three weeks in Dayton, the negotiators lived by Holbrooke`s rules. He dictated who was attending which meetings, what was given to the press and what was reported in Washington.

Many experienced and high-level diplomats have grown weary under his guidance, especially Europeans…