Article by the High Representative:”Eigh Days Diary”
Friday May 16 Train from Brussels to London in the morning for briefings with the new Labour government. First the new Secretary of Defence Mr. Robertson. He was planned to be Secretary of State for Scotland, but ended up with Defence, and seemed happy with it.
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”Beyond Grand Speeches”
A new gloom about the prospects of Bosnia seems to have descended on western capitals. Representatives of the three constituent peoples of the country constantly point out the failures of the other two to implement the peace agreement fully. Politicians used to the clear-cut policies of war have had difficulty adjusting to the more complex politics [...]
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”New Sick Man of Europe”
The events on the streets of Belgrade reflect a crisis in Serbia which could have far-reaching consequences for the stability of the Balkans. The demonstrations, ostensibly about the results of the November 17 local elections, are a manifestation of the deep unease which is becoming stronger throughout Serbian society. And rightly so.
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”A Regional Plan For The Balkans”
The European Union is the greatest force for peace and stability in the western part of the continent. By its integrating force it has managed to turn nations which for hundreds of years were enemies into partners and friends within just one generation. But the job is far from finished.
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”Bosnia can’t do it Alone”
Within 24 hours of the certification of the nation-wide election results, Bosnia's new three-person presidency met for the first time on Monday. Thus began the process of setting up common institutions for the country and fully implementing the constitution drawn up in the Dayton peace agreement.
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”Response to Dr Henry Kissinger’s article in the Washington Post of 8 September entitled – In the Eye of a Hurricane”
Response to Dr Henry Kissinger's article in the Washington Post of 8 September entitled, "In the Eye of a Hurricane" Sarajevo, 14 September 1996 While Henry Kissinger - "America in the Eye of a Hurricane" - is strong on analysis of the basic dilemmas of Bosnian peacemaking, as well as on how we ended up were we are, he is notably short on policies [...]
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”Implementing the civilian tasks of the Bonsian Peace Agreement”
Carl Bildt arrives at NATO headquarters on 8 July for meetings with Secretary General Solana and to attend a session of the Council with NATO and Cooperation Partner Ambassadors. (NATO Photo 46Kb) Arriving in Sarajevo at the end of last year to take up his duties as High Representative, Carl Bildt had to act quickly to set up, virtually from scratc [...]
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”Extend the Brief on Bosnia”
Can it work? This is by far the most frequently asked question about the peace process in Bosnia. And can the countries contributing to the IFOR peace implementation force count on their troops leaving at the end of the the ear? The record after almost eight months of implementing the peace accord agreed at Dayton is a mixed one. Mr Radovan Karadzi [...]
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”Bosnia:Brave Words, Feeble Action”
George Soros has done a great deal of good for Bosnia through his Foundation. But he makes the mistake of shooting at the pianist when he expresses his anger that implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement has not yet brought Mr. Karadzic to the Hague.
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”Bosnia can have Free Elections”
Is Dayton a failure? Has the peace process stalled in Bosnia? These will be the questions on people's minds when the governments of the Peace Implementation Council meet in Florence later this week. I have two ways of answering. One is to compare the newspaper headlines of today with those a year ago.
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”Bosnia: Don’t Delay the Vote”
The essence of the peace process in Bosnia is to gradually overcome the bitter partition of the country that is the devastating legacy of 42 months of brutal war. This is so not only because of the morality of the issues involved but also because any partition is unlikely to be permanent and is more that likely to inspire similar ethnic separation [...]
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”I Haven’t Legitimized War Criminals”
Propaganda has been an instrument in the arsenal of diplomacy as long as this art has been known. But Bosnia and Herzegovina Ambassador Muhammed Sacirbey's April 30 article, "Dayton II is Overdue," on the peace implementation process in Bosnia contained a number of facts and accusations that were manifestly wrong and misleading. I have never, since [...]