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World Marks 10th Anniversary Of Dayton Accords

21 November 2005 -- A series of events is planned today to mark the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Accords that ended the 1992-95 war between Bosnia's Muslims, Serbs, and Croats and established their current joint state.

In Brussels, European Union foreign ministers are expected to mark the anniversary by approving the start of negotiations setting Bosnia on the path to possible membership in the EU.

The members of Bosnia's tripartite presidency are expected to attend events in Washington to commemorate the U.S.-brokered pact, which was agreed 21 November 1995 by the then Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian presidents at the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, in the American state of Ohio.

No official events are planned today in Bosnia, as the country will hold official ceremonies on 14 December, the date when the peace deal was formally signed in Paris.

Reports from Washington on 20 November said senior U.S. and Bosnian officials have been discussing possible revisions to Bosnia's constitution to strengthen the authority of the central government and national parliament as the country prepares for possible membership in the EU and NATO.

The more than three years of fighting of the Bosnian war killed some 200,000 people and created some 2 million refugees. Some 1 million refugees have returned to the country.

(RFE/RL 21.xi.05)

 
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