It is clear that the Americans exerted a great deal of pressure and did not allow us to deviate from what had been agreed. After the final signing that is to take place here (probably by the end of the week), the group of Herzegovina around Tuman will be definitively politically defeated. All we have to do is fight those who will continue to impose their policies on the ground. So there is no time to rest and we will have to continue to be active. The subsidiary of HDZ sarajevo continues to sabotage the Croatian People`s Council. Jozelié sent me alarming updates on this from Zagreb. HDZ will find it difficult to accept the worst position it will be in after the signing of this agreement. The problem is that they want to take people with them — they want to keep confusing people and putting them back in first place. This proportion is also significant here in the United States and canada.
It is characterized by individuals like fra Ljubo Krasié. He`s been living here a long time and he`s got a lot of supporters. Tonight, I spoke to a monk who is the leader of a Third Order Franciscan mission in Washington. He told me a lot about our diaspora here. In short, the Franciscans of Herzegovina have everything under control: they are very powerful and influential. But their policy is misdirected. According to him, they control both who are their people. They even tried to prevent Bishop Puljia from holding a mass here last Sunday. It is not acceptable to them either. Clearly, these men are dangerous and are always ready to achieve their goals by any means necessary.
We will need a lot of time and patience to change all that. For the peace agreement to work, it had to be implemented. This required the support of other countries. Six days after the paraphane of the agreement, President Clinton continued his arguments in favor of the commitment of the United States in Bosnia to the American people. In a speech in the Oval Office, Clinton said that U.S. diplomacy had produced the Dayton Accords and that U.S. troops had been asked to help the parties implement the peace plan. He said that peace in the Balkans was in America`s interest and assured the American people that, since 25 other nations had already agreed to participate in a 60,000-strong force, only one-third of the troops would be American. Peace has endured since the signing of the Dayton Accords.
Appendix 4 of the General Framework Agreement remains the Constitution for Bosnia and Herzegovina and remains the basis of the current political divisions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its governmental structure. The agreement also laid the groundwork for NATO military action in Kosovo in 1999, which has since led to the province`s independence. Serbian leader Miloévié was arrested for war crimes and died of natural causes during his trial in 2006. After Silajdi presented and explained these principles, Radman asked me to explain the map and the principles by which it was created at the Sarajevo meeting. I spoke briefly for clarity and avoided unnecessary questions. I said that the main principle behind the formation of the cantons was the seriousness of the population. As a result, river basins were the centres around which territorial units or townships were formed. I also spoke of the fear of a majority among Croats and the fear of secession among Muslims. I insisted that the agreement would allay those fears. Today, Vice-President Gore and Albright have clearly defined the American plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina: they want an alliance of Croats and Muslims, a “United Republic” that would have a considerable influence on the action of the Serbs. They want the territory of this republic to be determined, and they want the Republic to be operational.