Original Dayton Agreement Found in Man’s Apartment

Police arrested a man in Pale, east of Sarajevo, after searching his apartment and finding an original of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement in English language. Darko Ilić, the chief of organized crime department at Republika Srpska police ministry, told the entity broadcaster RTRS that the found document is authentic.

The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, colloquially known as the Dayton agreement or accords, was signed by then presidents of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, in November 1995. The agreement ended the Bosnian war of the nineties.

Bosnia’s constitution is actually an annex to the agreement.

The original document that the Bosnian delegation brought back home from Paris, where the agreement was officially signed in December 1995, was notoriously missing since at least 2008, when a member in the Bosnian Presidency said the original is not in the Presidency archives. French foreign ministry sent a certified copy of the agreement the next year.

In August this year, Serbia’s foreign minister said that the country has also lost its original of the agreement.

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