The only real lever for the United States was to point out that “failure is the resumption of war,” he said. “They talk about peace, but they don`t show the slightest willingness to compromise. They are hardening their positions in anticipation of very difficult discussions. I think we need to start by going back to where we were a few weeks ago. “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. The belligerents approved peace and a single sovereign state known as Bosnia and Herzegovina, consisting of two parts, the Serb-populated Republika Srpska, and mainly the Bosnian Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The peace conference was chaired by US Secretary of State Warren Christopher and negotiator Richard Holbrooke, with two co-chairs, in the form of EU Special Representative Carl Bildt and Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov. General Wesley Clark was an important participant in the U.S. delegation. The director of the British team was Pauline Neville-Jones, political director of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The British military representative was Col Arundell David Leakey. Paul Williams, through the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), served as legal advisor to the Bosnian government delegation during the negotiations. “Milorad Dodik was there in 1995, when it all happened. I cannot believe that he is still in power in Republika Srpska and that he is not ready to make some kind of compromise that would weaken the position of Republika Srpska in his head. Although these compromises could be in the best interests of the Serbs who live there,” Pardew said. I think of someone in this country, he`s the one who disappoints me the most,” Gelbard said. “Over the years, observe the Srpska Republika and first they hated Dayton, and now Dodik repeats over and over again: I love Dayton. And the reason he likes Dayton is that the structures unfortunately don`t allow for real governance of a real state,” he added. Gelbard said the peace agreement provided a temporary framework for governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but that the country was stagnating and needing changes in its constitution and structures. He added that the process should be led by the EU, which has not shown political will in decades. “It would be a wonderful case for Europe to show responsibility and engage the EU, with strong American support, for the convening of a group, an international conference, to renew Bosnia`s constitution and create an effective capacity to govern Bosnia,” Gelbard said.
Pardew doesn`t think it will be likely, and he says, “There will be no Dayton 2.” The speeches, from a podium in front of 23 flags, placed in French alphabetical series, were strictly limited to six minutes each. Alija Izetbegovic, the president of Bosnia, said: “My government signs this agreement without any enthusiasm, as someone who takes a bitter but useful potion.” President Clinton yesterday heralded his presidency`s greatest foreign policy triumph – and the greatest political game – of his presidency, when he rushed 60,000 NATO troops into the Balkans to impose The historic but fragile Bosnian peace agreement that his government had negotiated against all odds. “It may not be a just peace, but it is fairer than a continuation of the war,” Izetbegovic said.