Agreement on Civilian Implementation
The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the
Republika Srpska (the "Parties") have agreed as follows:
Article I: High Representative
- The Parties agree that the implementation of the civilian aspects of the
peace settlement will entail a wide range of activities including continuation
of the humanitarian aid effort for as long as necessary; rehabilitation of
infrastructure and economic reconstruction; the establishment of political and
constitutional institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina; promotion of respect
for human rights and the return of displaced persons and refugees; and the
holding of free and fair elections according to the timetable in Annex 3 to the General Framework
Agreement. A considerable number of international organizations and agencies
will be called upon to assist.
- In view of the complexities facing them, the Parties request the
designation of a High Representative, to be appointed consistent with relevant
United Nations Security Council resolutions, to facilitate the Parties' own
efforts and to mobilize and, as appropriate, coordinate the activities of the
organizations and agencies involved in the civilian aspects of the peace
settlement by carrying out, as entrusted by a U.N. Security Council
resolution, the tasks set out below.
Article II: Mandate and Methods of Coordination and Liaison
- The High Representative shall:
- Monitor the implementation of the peace settlement;
- Maintain close contact with the Parties to promote their full compliance
with all civilian aspects of the peace settlement and a high level of
cooperation between them and the organizations and agencies participating in
- Coordinate the activities of the civilian organizations and agencies in
Bosnia and Herzegovina to ensure the efficient implementation of the
civilian aspects of the peace settlement. The High Representative shall
respect their autonomy within their spheres of operation while as necessary
giving general guidance to them about the impact of their activities on the
implementation of the peace settlement. The civilian organizations and
agencies are requested to assist the High Representative in the execution of
his or her responsibilities by providing all information relevant to their
operations in Bosnia- Herzegovina.
- Facilitate, as the High Representative judges necessary, the resolution
of any difficulties arising in connection with civilian implementation.
- Participate in meetings of donor organizations, particularly on issues
of rehabilitation and reconstruction.
- Report periodically on progress in implementation of the peace agreement
concerning the tasks set forth in this Agreement to the United Nations,
European Union, United States, Russian Federation, and other interested
governments, parties, and organizations.
- Provide guidance to, and receive reports from, the Commissioner of the
International Police Task Force established in Annex 11 to the General Framework
- In pursuit of his or her mandate, the High Representative shall convene
and chair a commission (the "Joint Civilian Commission") in Bosnia and
Herzegovina. It will comprise senior political representatives of the Parties,
the IFOR Commander or his representative, and representatives of those
civilian organizations and agencies the High Representative deems necessary.
- The High Representative shall, as necessary, establish subordinate Joint
Civilian Commissions at local levels in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- A Joint Consultative Committee will meet from time to time or as agreed
between the High Representative and the IFOR Commander.
- The High Representative or his designated representative shall remain in
close contact with the IFOR Commander or his designated representatives and
establish appropriate liaison arrangements with the IFOR Commander to
facilitate the discharge of their respective responsibilities.
- The High Representative shall exchange information and maintain liaison on
a regular basis with IFOR, as agreed with the IFOR Commander, and through the
commissions described in this Article.
- The High Representative shall attend or be represented at meetings of the
Joint Military Commission and offer advice particularly on matters of a
political-military nature. Representatives of the High Representative will
also attend subordinate commissions of the Joint Military Commission as set
out in Article VIII(8) of Annex
1A to the General Framework Agreement.
- The High Representative may also establish other civilian commissions
within or outside Bosnia and Herzegovina to facilitate the execution of his or
- The High Representative shall have no authority over the IFOR and shall
not in any way interfere in the conduct of military operations or the IFOR
chain of command.
Article III: Staffing
- The High Representative shall appoint staff, as he or she deems necessary,
to provide assistance in carrying out the tasks herein.
- The Parties shall facilitate the operations of the High Representative in
Bosnia and Herzegovina, including by the provision of appropriate assistance
as requested with regard to transportation, subsistence, accommodations,
communications, and other facilities at rates equivalent to those provided for
the IFOR under applicable agreements.
- The High Representative shall enjoy, under the laws of Bosnia and
Herzegovina, such legal capacity as may be necessary for the exercise of his
or her functions, including the capacity to contract and to acquire and
dispose of real and personal property.
- Privileges and immunities shall be accorded as follows:
- The Parties shall accord the office of the High Representative and its
premises, archives, and other property the same privileges and immunities as
are enjoyed by a diplomatic mission and its premises, archives, and other
property under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
- The Parties shall accord the High Representative and professional
members of his or her staff and their families the same privileges and
immunities as are enjoyed by diplomatic agents and their families under the
Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
- The Parties shall accord other members of the High Representative staff
and their families the same privileges and immunities as are enjoyed by
members of the administrative and technical staff and their families under
the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Article IV: Cooperation
The Parties shall fully cooperate with the High
Representative and his or her staff, as well as with the international
organizations and agencies as provided for in Article IX
of the General
Article V: Final Authority to Interpret
The High Representative is the final authority in
theater regarding interpretation of this Agreement on the civilian
implementation of the peace settlement.
Article VI: Entry into Force
This Agreement shall enter into force upon
For the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
For the Republic of Croatia
For the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
For the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
For the Republika Srpska
Office of the High Representative