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Argument: Dayton wrongly awarded a state to Bosnian Serb aggressors

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Alexander Ivanko. "Dayton brought peace. It's time for justice." New York Times. 3 Feb. 2004 - What was the problem? Fundamentally, Dayton tried to equate two things that couldn't be equated: civility and barbarity. It set a precedent that still sends shivers down my spine - and not only mine - by legitimizing ethnic hatred. The Bosnian Serbs, after waging a vicious war against their neighbors, were awarded their own state, Republika Srpska, even if it was called an 'entity'.

[...] The only honorable leader in Bosnia and Herzegovina was the country's first president, Alija Izetbegovic, who tragically died last year. He personified the civility of the defenders of Sarajevo, the tragedy of the hundreds of thousands of ethnically cleansed, the memory of those who were killed in Srebrenica and in the many other plains, hills and mountains of Bosnia. His sad eyes during the Dayton talks said more than the upbeat press statements issued by its powerful organizers. It was the civility of thousands of Bosnian citizens that saved the country's honor. However, in Dayton Barbarity took the upper hand.

It is now time to revisit Dayton to change that.


"Ex-Bosnian envoy to UN to withdraw signature from Dayton accord". BBC. 20 Mar. 2007 - Text of unattributed report entitled "I am withdrawing my signature from Dayton agreement" published by the Bosnian Serb newspaper Nezavisne novine on 20 March

Washington: Muhamed Sacirbegovic, former Bosnia-Hercegovina ambassador to the United Nations [and former foreign minister], has stated that he is going to withdraw his signature from the Dayton agreement, because its illegality has been proven.

He said that the instruction of the international representatives, following the Hague-based International Court of Justice's [ICJ] ruling on the B-H case against Serbia and Montenegro, "to the victims from Srebrenica to talk to representatives of the political creation that is responsible for genocide" was an act of removing responsibility.

"Such acts, that is to say the refusal to take responsibility, prove the illegality of the Dayton agreement, which is why I am withdrawing my signature from the Dayton agreement," Sacirbegovic wrote in a column published on the web magazine bosnjaci.net.

He went on to say that the ICJ's ruling had confirmed the special status of Srebrenica and that the Peace Implementation Council [PIC] had to obey the court decision, "meaning that it cannot order a resolution based on the consequences of genocide that has been condemned."

"According to the ICJ's ruling, Srebrenica deserves to be given back its pre-war status, irrespective of the Dayton agreement. The victims of Srebrenica cannot be expected to appeal for negotiations with the United Nations or the PIC representatives, and particularly not with Serb Republic politicians, who are responsible for the consequences of genocide," Sacirbegovic said.

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