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 [...]
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”The Important Lessons of Bosnia”
The vision of Dayton - that of a common, multiethnic state - can be realised. But that will require both the will of the Bosnian people themselves, and a seriously renewed commitment from us in the international community. The difficulties we are facing now are primarily the responsibility of the political leaders on all sides in Bosnia.
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”Help the Bosnia Parties to Make Dayton Work”
There is scarcely such a thing any more as a truly effective national foreign policy. Anyone glancing at television news or newspaper headlines over the past few weeks will appreciate just how difficult the process of building peace in Bosnia is. After 42 months of the most bitter and brutal war that Europe has witnessed since 1945, it could hardly [...]
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”Keeping Bosnia in One Peace. The Military Mission is going Well; It’s the Civilian Reforms That Need Help”
When I saw Secretary of State Warren Christopher in Europe last week, he and I discussed with the leaders from the region whether the political side of the Bosnia peace process was just frozen, or whether it had already broken down irretrievably. I am personally sure that the vision of Dayton - that of a common, multiethnic state - can be realised. [...]
Article by the High Representative, Carl Bildt:”I Can’t Bomb The People of Bosnia Into Friendship”
Six weeks into my job as high representative, appointed by the Dayton Peace Accord, I can be under no illusion about the difficulties we face in consolidating the peace in Bosnia. As I write, Bosnian Serb soldiers are being held by the Federation government as alleged war criminals, and the Republika Srpska (the Bosnian Serb republic) has announced [...]