President Izetbegovic, President Tudjman and President Milosevic
agreed today in Rome on the following actions to strengthen and advance the
1. Full Cooperation on Implementation:
The Parties will resume all civilian and military contacts
The next meeting on the Joint Interim Commission will take
place between the Prime Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republika
Srpska, and the Federation in Banja Luka on February 27 under the Chairmanship
of the High Representative. The next meeting of the Joint Civilian Commission
will take place with representatives of the parties at the office of the High
Representative in Sarajevo on February 28. The Joint Military Commission will
hold its next meeting on the USS George Washington on February 19. The
Provisional Election Commission will meet at the OSCE Head Office in Sarajevo on
February 19. In Vienna, the sub-regional arms control negotiations pursuant to
Article IV of Annex 1-B will adhere to the schedule agreed in Dayton.
The governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federation and
the Republika Srpska agreed today to nominate their representatives to all other
commissions established by the Dayton Agreement no later than March 1, 1996.
2. Military Implementation:
Full compliance with the military aspects of the General
Framework Agreement will continue to be carried out as the cornerstone of the
peace process. There will be no restriction on IFOR movements, inspections or
access. Freedom of movement will be guaranteed throughout the country for all
persons and organizations.
All foreign forces will be withdrawn immediately from Bosnia
and Herzegovina in accordance with the provisions of the peace agreement.
Establishment of a secure environment will facilitate rapid
implementation of reconstruction and reestablishment of civil society so that
normal conditions of life can be restored. To further this goal, parties will
continue to respect the zones of separation and to comply fully with IFOR's
order to declare or withdraw heavy weapons within the 10km zone.
All aspects of reunification of Sarajevo will be carried out on
schedule. Bosniacs, Croats, Serbs and all Others in Sarajevo will receive equal
treatment as citizens of an undivided city. Serbs will have the opportunity to
exercise fully their legal rights with respect to the
governance of the city. They will be afforded the opportunity
at the obstina level in accordance with the Federation Constitution to
participate in the oversight of education, social welfare and health care and to
use the Serbian language and Cyrillic alphabet.
Sarajevo will be a city open in itself and open to the outside.
There will be free movement of goods, services and capital between then
Federation and the Republika Srpska also in the Sarajevo area. Neither the
Federation nor the Republika Srpska will establish controls at the boundaries
between the two entities. Residents of one Entity will have the right to work
also in the other Entity.
The implementation and transition of local structures,
including police, will be carried out in accordance with the Joint Statement of
February 4 issued by the High Representative and IFOR Commander and will be
completed as scheduled by March 19. The Joint Civilian Commission for Sarajevo
will continue to function as the consultative and coordinating body charged with
ensuring full implementation.
The transfer of authority to the Federation in the 5 suburbs of
Sarajevo will be completed by D+91. During the period up to D+90, a plan will be
finalized and implemented to establish an integrated and representative police
force in accordance with Federation law, the composition of which will
approximate the ratio of the Bosniac, Croat, and Serb population in the 1991
election census in each opstina. During this transition period the integrated
Federation police force will be formed and introduced into the opstinas on a
gradual basis as determined by the situation in the respective opstinas. The
IPTF will play an active role in overseeing and closely monitoring the force's
deployment and activities. IFOR will play a key role in monitoring overall
security in these suburbs during the period in transition.
4. Release of Prisoners of War and Search for Mission
The Parties will complete promptly the release of all civilian
and military prisoners held in relation to the conflict. They will also promptly
release persons detained in forced labor in relation to the conflict. The
Working Group on Mission Persons shall be established immediately and hold its
first meeting, to be chaired by the ICRC, at the Office of the High
Representative on March 1. Organizations may visit any site at which they
suspect people may be detained. IFOR will work to provide a secure environment
for the completion of these tasks.
5. Cooperation on War Crimes and Respect for Human
As part of their obligation to cooperate fully in the
investigation and prosecution of war crimes and other violations of
international humanitarian law, as provided in Article IX of the General
Framework Agreement, the Parties will provide unrestricted access to places,
including mass grave sites, relevant to such crimes and to persons with relevant
information. IFOR will work to provide a secure environment for the completion
of these tasks.
Persons, other than those already indicted by the International
Tribunal, may be arrested and detained for serious violations of international
humanitarian law only pursuant to a previously issued order, warrant, or
indictment that has been reviewed and deemed consistent with international legal
standards by the International Tribunal. Procedures will be developed for
expeditious decision by the Tribunal and will be effective immediately upon such
The adoption of the Law on Amnesty by the legislature of the
central government is a welcome development. The Federation and the Republika
Srpska will enact similar amnesty laws.
6. Economic Cooperation and Development:
The Parties will create favorable conditions for economic
development and free flow of goods and services in Bosnia and Herzegovina and
throughout the region. This is of particular significance for the early return
of refugees. At the next meeting of the Joint Interim Commission, the two
entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina will work towards a system of payments. The
Federation and the Republika Srpska will improve common infrasturcture systems,
including power systems, telecommunications and road and rail links. All
utilities, including power, water and telecommunications, will be restored to
Gorazde and Banja Luka on an urgent basis, and will be discussed at the next
meeting of the Joint Interim Commission.
The Parties agree to establish railroad links between Tuzla and
Zvornik as well as Tuzla, Doboj and Banja Luka. The Parties will also work
towards normalizing trade and economic cooperation among each other.
The Parties will establish immediately between the Federal
Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina telecommunication
7. Bilateral Relations:
President Izetbegovic and President Milosevic agree to meet one
another in a month and thereafter as appropriate, to further the peace process
and develop bilateral relations. They further agree to establish a direct
telephone line between them.