In all three dimensions of the OSCE, the United States has supported the resumption of the war on peace and prosperity. We helped the Ministry of Defence buy helicopters to help civilian authorities cope with natural disasters. In addition, our partnership has allowed the armed forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina to host the U.S. Military in 2021 for bilateral military exercises. The peace agreement, signed on 21 November 1995 at an American airbase outside Dayton, Ohio, and officially signed in Paris a few weeks later, ended more than three years of war, during which the main Bosnian ethnic groups – Bosnian Muslims, Catholic Croats and Orthodox Christian Serbs – fought for control after the disintegration of Yugoslavia. Twenty years ago, the peace agreements signed at Dayton were signed at the Elysée Palace. During a visit to Sarajevo on 21 November to mark the anniversary, Borrell added that we must think about the past, but “we must look to the future”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today (21 November 2020) highlighted NATO`s long-standing efforts to support the security and regional stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina. “25 years ago, the Dayton Peace Agreement ended nearly four years of brutal war in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Secretary-General Stoltenberg. “The presence of NATO forces has played a central role in bringing the belligerents to the negotiating table; After the signing of the agreement, NATO forces oversaw their implementation; and we have stayed there ever since to help maintain peace and security in the Western Balkans,” he added. The agreement was officially signed in Paris on 14 December 1995 by the Presidents of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia.
Bill Clinton, then President of the United States, and 50 other heads of state and government from around the world attended the signing ceremony. Secretary-General Stoltenberg also highlighted NATO`s continued commitment. “Twenty-five years later, there is still a lot of work to be done,” he said. “We cannot and must not go back to the past; Compromise can be difficult, but it is essential that the citizens of this country have the life they deserve; NATO will continue to support Bosnia and Herzegovina; A quarter of a century after Dayton, it is time to re-engage in peace, reform and a prosperous future for all,” he added. The United States joins our OSCE member states in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Accords, a pioneering agreement that ended a war that has killed more than 100,000 people and displaced millions more within the European continent. The agreement helped to bring peace and put Bosnia and Herzegovina on the path to a sustainable democracy. Deputy Foreign Minister Stephen Biegun recently gave the opportunity to the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and said that the United States greatly appreciated its long-standing partnership with Bosnia and Herzegovina; supports its sovereignty and territorial integrity; and remains an unwavering partner, committed to our common goal of a democratic, inclusive and prosperous Bosnia and Herzegovina on the road to full Euro-Atlantic integration.