France marks 25th anniversary of Dayton-Paris Agreement
Bosnia-Hercegovina – Twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Dayton-Paris Agreement – Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpt)
Paris, 14 December 2020
On 14 December 1995, President Jacques Chirac hosted the signing ceremony at the Elysée Palace for the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia-Hercegovina, which ended Europe’s most deadly conflict since World War II.
On this commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton-Paris Agreement, France pays tribute to all the victims and to all those who worked with determination to quell the armed conflict, including 84 French troops who paid with their lives for their commitment to serve peace in the name of France.
While Bosnia-Herzegovina has been living in peace for the past 25 years and significant progress has been made, major efforts are still needed to achieve true reconciliation and to turn resolutely towards the common future for all citizens and communities of Bosnia-Hercegovina represented by the prospect of joining the European Union. France stands with Bosnia-Hercegovina to support its reforms, its economic and social development, and its European rapprochement.
On 12 December, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian took part in a virtual event held in Bosnia-Hercegovina to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Dayton-Paris Agreement./.