Waldo Büchner

Washington Agreement Bih

Today, Vice-President Gore and Albright have clearly defined the American plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina: they want an alliance of Croats and Muslims, a “United Republic” that would have a considerable influence on the action of the Serbs. They want the territory of this republic to be determined, and they want the Republic to be operational. Both stressed that the ultimatum for Sarajevo had created a moment conducive to a Croat-Muslim agreement, that this moment should not be wasted and that we had to be flexible in our demands for the Croats. Gore stressed that it was possible to overcome existing differences and do so over the weekend. It was also stressed that the United States would guarantee the implementation of the agreement if it were achieved and would be prepared to send troops only for this purpose to Bosnia and Herzegovina. At all meetings, Silajdidie called for the lifting of the arms embargo imposed on the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They replied that this was a complex issue and that the United States could not simply challenge the institution of the embargo that was maintained by the rest of the world. This could have a negative impact on areas where the United States is interested in maintaining an embargo, such as Iraq. Despite the fact that the United States opposes the counter-embargo against the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it cannot be the only ones to violate them. Albright gave us hope that the ultimatum could be extended to other areas and that the list of “safe ports” could be extended to Mostar, Vitez and Maglaj.

We have proposed to include Also Brko and Gradaac. – Marcus, Maxine, “Reconstruction in Bosnia: International aid and noncompliance with Dayton agreements,” Helsinki Monitor, Volume 8 (1997), No. 2. p. 14-22 March 1994, Prime Minister Silajdzic and Bosnian-Croat Head of State Zubak signed a constitution for the Federation. At the same time, Presidents Tudjman and Izetbegovic signed the provisional agreement on confederation. Tonight we met with a small group of people, mainly representatives of political parties and organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia (HSS, HSP, HSLS, HNS, HNS, etc.). We had a pleasant conversation, full of understanding and mutual respect. All of these people are almost in agreement; They all support a united Bosnia and Herzegovina and the principles that underpin the Washington agreement. Only one member of the HDZ was present, and he remained silent all the time. Those present belonged to different ethnic groups, which gave rise to a positive atmosphere for the organization of an interview. Citizens welcomed with joy and subject the agreement and the end of the war between Croats and Muslims.

It is clear that this agreement will make their lives easier. Yesterday afternoon, I apologised completely for the discussions, because I believe that the disputes over each village will not bring results. This morning, Durakovic told me that they were always arguing over who was going to have three villages in the town of Stolac. No progress has been made. I don`t want to go to the negotiations. I have decided to go to Zagreb tomorrow, where I will convene the HNV to inform them of the current state of the situation, so that we can decide on our next step. I took advantage of the day to walk around and get to know the city.