Congressman Michael A. Turner (R-OH), mayor of Dayton during the Accords, has gone in front of the House of Representatives to commemorate the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, signed on December 14, 1995, and to propose a Dayton Peace Accords II. He has sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson encouraging American leadership in the region to ensure peace for all sides through a Dayton II.
He gave the following remarks in the House of Representatives on Thursday, December 21, 2017:
“Mr. TURNER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate two pieces of history from Dayton, Ohio. Firstly, last week marked the 22nd anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords. The Dayton Peace Accords brought an end to years of bloodshed and created a framework for lasting peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
I served as mayor of Dayton during those Accords and witnessed firsthand American diplomacy bring adversaries to the negotiating table. Recently, however, I fear the peace found in Dayton is threatened. Now is a critical time for the region. I wrote this week to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson encouraging him to host a Dayton Peace Accords II. The United States has an obligation to lead and support the peace we helped create in 1995.”
Klix.ba obtained a copy of the letter reportedly sent to Secretary of State Tillerson. Turner envisions parliamentary reforms before the 2018 presidential elections.
He emphasized “The BiH Parliamentary Assembly must move quickly to ensure election laws are properly modified in time for the October 2018 elections.”
Furthermore, he insisted that Dayton II would be the best way forward for peace.
“I propose the United States host the Dayton Peace Accords II. As I recommended to your predecessors, Secretaries Clinton and Kerry, only through American leadership can the Serbs, Bosniaks, Croats, and others come together in peace and secure freedom and equal representation for their peoples. We cannot allow an already unstable region to slip further into disarray as opponents of democracy stand eager to exploit the chaos.”
“A resolution backed overwhelmingly by the United Nations has effectively called on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Part of the document reads: ‘…any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the [UN] Security Council.’ The resolution ‘calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.'” (BBC News)
Two of the 35 nations that abstained were: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Romania
of the 128 nations voted in favor were: Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia
Not Present: Republic of Moldova
Note: Kosovo, although internationally recognized by over 110 sovereign nations, does not hold a seat in the UN.