Dayton Peace Agreement Day

“We are now waiting for the Belgrade boys to visit Pale with pliers and electrodes to get the Bosnian Serbs to register for the Paris peace ceremony,” said another EU diplomat. When European negotiators entered Room B-52 of the (Bob) Hope Hotel to prepare for the solemn signing of the Bosnian peace talks in Dayton this week, they watched the scene and exploded. This was one of the first cases in which the Court of Justice had to deal with the legal nature of the Constitution. In making a remark of the nature of the obiter dictum concerning Annex IV (Constitution) and the rest of the peace agreement, the Court effectively “created the ground for the legal unity”[9] of the entire peace agreement, which further implied that all annexes were in hierarchical equality. In subsequent decisions, the Court confirmed that it was using other annexes of the peace agreement as a basis for direct analysis, and not only in the systematic interpretation of Schedule IV. However, since the Court rejected the applicant, it did not address the issues relating to the legality of the procedure in which the new Constitution (Annex IV) came to power and replaced the old Constitution of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Court used the same reasoning to dismiss the similar appeal in a later case. [10] The safe location was chosen to remove all parts of their comfort zone without which they would have little incentive to negotiate; Reduce their ability to negotiate through the media and to safely welcome more than 800 employees and facilitators. It was particularly important to limit the ability of participants to negotiate through the media. Richard Holbrooke was trying to prevent the press from entering the conversation because of early leaks. Holbrooke used a wide selection of carrots and sticks to make the conflict “ripe” for peace. [3] Prior to the agreement, Bosnian Serbs controlled about 46% of Bosnia and Herzegovina (23,687 km2), Bosniaks 28% (14,505 km2) and Bosnian Croats 25% (12,937 km2). The Bosnian peace plan has been severely beaten, but it would end four bloody years that have killed more than 250,000 people and driven more than two million people.

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