Dayton Peace Accords at 20

Dayton Peace Accords at 20

Dayton Peace AccordsCurrent and former world leaders will be participating in events Nov. 18-21 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords.

The accords, finalized on Nov. 21, 1995, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's Hope Hotel and Conference Center, ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which cost 100,000 lives and drove 2 million people from their homes. The Dayton Peace Accords brought the attention of the world to Dayton as the place where a lasting peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina was forged. 

U.S. President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States, whose leadership helped bring an end to the war, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon on the first day of the two-day Dayton Peace Accords at 20 Conference Nov. 19-20 on the University of Dayton's River Campus.

Among the world leaders scheduled to participate in events are: Igor Crnadak, Bosnia and Herzegovina foreign affairs minister; Maureen Cormack, U.S. ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina; Josip Paro, Croatian ambassador to the U.S.; Valentin Inzko, the High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mate Granić, former Croatian vice president; and U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill, who helped negotiate the accords.

The Dayton Peace Accords at 20 committee is organizing the celebrations with support from the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Miami University, Dayton History, Dayton International Peace Museum, Montgomery County and the city of Dayton, among others.

"The negotiation of the accords in the Dayton region back in 1995 was an historic achievement for the countries involved," said Matt Joseph, Dayton city commissioner and committee co-chair. "In Dayton, we also count it as a great moment in our history. The 20th anniversary is an opportunity to look back at what happened here and to discuss its ongoing effects on Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region and the world."

It's also an opportunity to recall the sense of pride and accomplishment felt by the Dayton community during that historic time for the region, according to John McCance, committee co-chair.

"Daytonians embraced opportunities to support the negotiators and the Air Force. We sent pizzas, potato chips and buckeyes. We held peace vigils, wrote letters and adorned the halls of the Hope Hotel with artwork made by local school children. It was noticed, it was important and it is something we should never forget," said McCance.

Conference and Commemorative Events

The Dayton Peace Accords Committee at 20 is organizing the following events to commemorate the historic peace process, including:

Nov. 18: Dedication of the Ambassador Richard Holbrooke Plaza.

Nov. 19: Screening and discussion of The Diplomat, which chronicles Holbrooke's 50-year diplomatic career.

Nov. 19-20: Conference

Nov. 20: Reception at the Dayton Art Institute and recognition of 2015 Dayton Peace Prize awardee Angelina Jolie Pitt in absentia.

Nov. 21: 20th anniversary brunch.

Registration deadline is noon Nov. 16. 

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Regional Events

In addition to Dayton Peace Accords at 20 commemoration events Nov. 18-21, several organizations from around the region are hosting a variety of events leading up to the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords.

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The community can attend all or parts of the Dayton Peace Accords at 20 commemorations Nov. 18-21. Numerous packages are available here. Students and educators bringing students to the conference can register here. The registration deadline is noon Nov. 16. No on-site registration will be accepted for the conference. Photo ID is required for admission to events at the University of Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. 

History of the Bosnian War and Dayton Peace Accords

Read the full text of the Dayton Peace Accords and visit other websites detailing the history of the war and the Dayton Peace Accords process.

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