Thursday, November 26, 2015

20th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords

On the twentieth anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the most devastating conflict in Europe since the Second World War, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the people and Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the consolidation of peace and political stability, as well as on the socio-economic progress achieved during the past twenty years.

“On this momentous occasion, the Secretary-General encourages the people, Government and all institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue their efforts to strengthen rule of law and to lay the conditions for a lasting and meaningful reconciliation in the country,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

Mr. Ban noted that on 21 November 1995, the Dayton Peace Accords laid the foundations for a sovereign Bosnia and Herzegovina and added that the General Framework Agreement for Peace remains the foundation for the country's unity and territorial integrity. He also said that the UN remains 'committed to continue supporting the people and Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their efforts to build a truly multi-ethnic society as well as a peaceful and prosperous future'.

(adapted from a UN Press Release)

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