20th Anniversary of Dayton Peace Accord observed

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World commemorated 20th Anniversary of the Signing of the Dayton Peace Accords on 21 November 2015. On this occasion UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also commended the efforts of the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the consolidation of peace and political stability and the socioeconomic progress achieved during the past 20 years.

Nearly 20 years ago, VIPs from Europe and the United States gathered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to end the continent’s bloodiest conflict since World War II by signing  Dayton Peace Accords.

About Dayton Agreement :-

  • Dayton Agreement  is the peace agreement reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, United States, in November 1995. The accord was signed a month later in Paris on 14 December 1995. These accords put an end to the 3.5 -year-long Bosnian War, one of the Yugoslav Wars.
  • The Bosnian war lasted for about four years, claimed over 100000 lives, displaced millions and fuelled atrocities that horrified the world. The nearly four-year civil war was the first to draw NATO into a combat engagement — and was the first instance of genocide since the Second World War, 
  • The process of signing of accord was led by Richard Holbrooke, the then chief US peace negotiator and Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
  • The accord divided Bosnia into two autonomous entities- the Serb Republic and the mainly Bosniak-Croat Federation and created a highly decentralised and unwieldy system of ethnic quotas.
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