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Bosnia in the balance

Much is at stake in the Dayton peace process for the Bosnians and the west. It must not fail

By Michael Maclay   June 1996

On my first evening with the Bildt team, last December, we were camped around seafood and frites in a Belgian restaurant. The conversation was animated but we were not talking to each other. Everyone at the table was chattering into a mobile phone: the military adviser negotiating the aircraft for Sarajevo; the private secretary arguing about the wording of a joint text; Carl Bildt himself recruiting staff. The post-modern dinner party from hell.

Since then the internationals have moved into Bosnia in force. Not just the 60,000 heavily armed troops but at least 100 civilian organisations, too. Can these teams…

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