Croatian FM: Changes to Dayton Accords disastrous for peace in Europe

The interior ministry's immigration service is now in charge of the Afghan nationals. [EPA-EFE/Fernando Villar]

“The Dayton-Paris agreement is the most important treaty since World War II and amending it would be disastrous for peace in all of Europe”, Croatia’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said at Prespa Forum in Ohrid, North Macedonia.

“The importance of the Dayton-Paris accord for Bosnia and Herzegovina is immeasurable and any possible attempt to change it is unacceptable for Croatia,” the minister said, adding that political structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina had been attempting to bring that agreement into question recently.

The Dayton Peace Agreement was signed in 1995, ending the 3-and-a-half-year war in BiH. It decentralised the country and divided it into two semi-autonomous entities, the Bosniak-Croat shared Federation (FBiH) and the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska. The Agreement also created a district in the north of the country called the Brčko District.

The Foreign and European Affairs Ministry quoted Grlić Radman as saying it was encouraging that “as a consequence of great need and traumatic experiences in this region, tools have been developed to deal with problems through dialogue and negotiations.”

On the topic of Albania’s and North Macedonia’s EU accession negotiations, Radman added: “I’m still an optimist and hope that these problems will be resolved soon and that during the Slovenian presidency of the Council the EU, accession negotiations will commence with Albania and North Macedonia. It is encouraging to see the fact that talks are being held at the highest political levels. That is the way forward – bilateral dialogue. The European way of resolving problems where compromise is not considered to be a weakness.”

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