Article by Amb. Jacques P. Klein, Principal Deputy High Representative

Usluge. Everyone in Bosnia-Hercegovina knows what it means: it is the oil that has always made the wheels of daily life here turn, the old and cosy system governed by the attitude, "You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours, and we'll all get along just fine." It is a mark of the prevalence of this attitude, of how deeply embedded it is in this count [...]

Article by the High Representative, Carlos Westendorp:”Lessons Bosnia Taught Us”

Bosnia is back in the public eye. I have been besieged by international journalists and Western governments alike, all seeking answers basically to two questions: What has the international community gleaned from its experience here? And how can that experience be applied to Kosovo? The first point to make is that while the similarities between Bos [...]

Article by the High Representative, Carlos Westendorp:”Don’t Bargain With Bosnia”

By Carlos Westendorp It sounds simple enough: To end the war in Yugoslavia, just arrange a territory swap. Tell Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic that in return for handing the Serbian province of Kosovo over to the resident ethnic Albanians, he will be allowed to annex a matching acreage of Republika Srpska, the Serb half of Bosnia, which Ser [...]

Article about Carlos Westendorp, High Representative:”Our Man in Sarajevo”

Carlos Westendorp This diplomat is fighting for returning the peace to Bosnia for nine months. He is re-inventing a State from the ashes of the war and of ethnic hate. Seventy-two frenetic hours with the Spanish mediator who can bring back hope to the Balkans. Text: Jesús Rodriguez Photography: Tino Soriano "Alpha Tango for Double Pope: start prep [...]

Article by Amb. Jacques P. Klein, Principal Deputy High Representative

Saturday 31 January My last day in Washington. I came back here for a few days military duty - in my part time job as a Major General in the US Air Force Reserve (which, somewhat surprisingly, is in fact the third largest Air Force in the world). I also had consultations with Bob Gelbard, the President and Secretary of State's Special Envoy for Day [...]

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 [...]