18th anniversary since Bosnian peace deal

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the initialing of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina, at a U.S. Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio.

The deal ended three and a half years of war in that republic of the former Yugoslavia.

The Dayton Agreement was initialed on November 21, 1995, after three weeks of negotiations, by the then presidents of Serbia, Slobodan Milošević, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegović, and Croatia, Franjo Tuđman.

The agreement was officially signed in Paris on December 14, 1995.

According to the document, Bosnia-Herzegovina consists of two entities, the Serb Republic (Republika Srpska, RS) and the Muslim Croat Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina (FBiH).

The office of RS President Milorad Dodik published a document to mark the anniversary, which is entitled The Dayton Structure of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Legal Position of the RS.

The document states it has been pointed out many times that Bosnia-Herzegovina is “a failed country that has no majority that identifies with it, because of the unresolved conflicts between its nationalities that were seen in the civil war.”

The Serb entity celebrates November 21as a holiday.

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