posted by julia on 2005/11/07 20:44

[ Bosnia-Herzegovina ]

A lot of conferences are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Dayton peace agreements that ended the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. A first version of the peace agreements was signed on November 21, 1995 in Dayton, Ohio and the final version of the "General Framework Agreement for Peace" was adopted in Paris on December 14, 1995 (cf. BBC News).

In a speech he held in London, Paddy Ashdown (whose mandate expires at the end of 2005) self-critically (?) stressed that

As BiH progressively transitions further into the era of Brussels, the International Community must progressively transit out of using the instruments of Dayton. We in the International Community must now begin to move from the heavyweight, intrusive interventions of the OHR, to a new role of adviser, persuader and partner under a European Union Special Representative.

But whatever the advantages of Dayton – and there have been many – there are two downsides which it is now necessary also to begin to recognize and correct. The first is reliance on group, rather than individual rights. And the second is the burden of a highly dysfunctional structure of governance.

He is leaving quite a tough job to his successor (who will be nominated at the end of November)...


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